HC seeks ED stand on Jain’s challenge to transfer of case

Court asks agency to submit a ‘short reply’, posts the case for further hearing on September 28

September 27, 2022 01:43 am | Updated 01:43 am IST

AAP leader Satyendar Jain

AAP leader Satyendar Jain | Photo Credit: file photo

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to respond to a petition by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Minister Satyendar Jain challenging a local court’s order to transfer a money laundering case against him to another court.

Justice Yogesh Khanna asked the investigating agency to submit a “short reply” while posting the case for further hearing on September 28.

The AAP leader was arrested by the ED on May 30 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), based on a disproportionate assets FIR registered against him by the CBI in 2017. Mr. Jain has since been in judicial custody.

In his plea before the High Court, Mr. Jain challenged a recent order of Principal District and Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Gupta transferring the case to Special Judge Vikas Dhull from Special Judge Geetanjali Goel who was hearing his bail plea.

The hearing of Mr. Jain’s bail plea has been ongoing since August 30 at the court of Special Judge Goel, who on September 13 had directed the ED’s counsel to submit a fresh chart of entities and shares in the alleged money laundering case registered against Mr. Jain and two of his alleged aides.

“The order itself states that the judge is upright and honest. Where is the question of transfer then? The bias is unfounded. It sends a wrong message,” the counsel for Mr. Jain argued.

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