The Enforcement Directorate this morning conducted raids at the residence of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, days after his arrest in a money laundering case, sources told NDTV.
The raids, including that at the residential premises of Mr Jain in Delhi and certain other locations, are being conducted as part of a “follow up” in the case, officials said. The probe agency has been given custody of Mr Jain till June 9.
Mr Jain’s arrest on May 30 triggered a fresh war between the Aam Aadmi party and the BJP-ruled central government with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleging that the case was “completely false”.
“We have a very strict and honest government. We are hard-core patriots, can get beheaded but can never betray the country. His arrest is politically motivated,” Mr Kejriwal had said, while addressing a press conference over the minister’s arrest.
In January, ahead of the Punjab Assembly polls, Mr Kejriwal had claimed that he had learnt from sources that Mr Jain could be arrested by the probe agency.
Mr Jain was arrested after the Enforcement Directorate in April this year attached immovable properties worth Rs 4.81 crore in the money laundering case related to a Kolkata-based company.
The probe agency had registered a criminal case against the AAP leader based on a FIR lodged by the CBI in which it had been alleged that Jain could not explain the source of funds received by four companies in which he was a shareholder.
The probe agency claims Mr Jain floated or bought several shell companies in Delhi and laundered black money worth Rs 16.39 crore through them.
Besides, Home and Health, Mr Jain holds Power and PWD, among other portfolios, in the AAP-led Delhi government.