ED to launch probe on Satyendra Jain’s ‘hawala links’

The Asian Age.

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Jain has already been questioned by the I-T officials for the alleged violation of Income-Tax laws.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain

New Delhi: Fresh trouble seems to be brewing for Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is preparing to initiate a separate inquiry against him to probe his alleged links with hawala operators. Mr Jain has come under the scanner of the Income-Tax department for allegedly indulging in hawala transfers worth nearly Rs 17 crore.

“ED sleuths are scrutinising documents pertaining to Mr Jain’s alleged involvement in hawala transaction of Rs 17 crore. The agency may soon initiate its separate inquiry against him,” sources said. Mr Jain has already been questioned by the I-T officials for the alleged violation of Income-Tax laws.

“There are allegations that certain hawala operators were in direct touch with the minister through his personal mobile phone and the transactions happened with some code words,” sources said. It is suspected that certain firms allegedly linked to Mr Jain received Rs 16.39 crore from 56 shell companies of three Kolkata-based hawala operators. However, Mr Jain has already denied the charges and said he has nothing to do with the hawala operators.

Mr Jain is already under the scanner of CBI. The CBI recently initiated an inquiry to probe the alleged irregularities committed in the appointment of Mr Jain’s daughter Soumya as the advisor in the health department of the city government. There are allegations that the health department did not follow proper procedure while appointing the health minister’s daughter as the advisor in the same department. The CBI has already registered an FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in the appointment of Nikunj Aggarwal, a senior resident, as OSD to Delhi health

BJP Leader Vijender Gupta, had alleged that Nikunj Aggarwal is the son-in-law of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s sister-in-law. Aggarwal had made a hand written application on a “plain paper” for appointment in the hospital on August 6, 2015 and within four days his appointment was approved without following any procedure, sources said.