ED readies hawala case against Satyendra Jain

The Asian Age.

Metros, Delhi

Agency may soon quiz minister against his alleged connections with hawala operators.

The CBI had registered the PE on April 11 to probe allegations that Jain had laundered over Rs 4 crore through shell firms.

New Delhi: Fresh trouble seems to be in store for Delhi minister Satyendra Jain as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is preparing to initiate a separate enquiry against 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.

Sources said the agencies may also seek clarifications from Mr Jain in view of the fresh allegations levelled by former Delhi Jal Board minister Kapil Mishra against him. Mr Mishra recently alleged that he saw Jain giving Rs 2 crore to Delhi CM at latter’s residence.

“There are allegations that Mr Jain was involved in money laundering while being a public servant during 2015-16 through three private firms. He allegedly used unaccounted income, worth several crores, in shares of three private firms — Prayas Info Solutions Private Limited, Akinchan Developers Private Limited and Managalyatan Projects Private Limited. Mr Jain and his family have majority stake in these companies”, sources said, adding that the ED will soon initiate a separate enquiry into the matter.

The allegations against Mr Jain also include purported money laundering to the tune of Rs 11.78 crore during 2010-12 through these companies and Indometal Impex Pvt Limited, sources said. The role of Delhi health minister is already under the scanner of the CBI in two other cases — one related to appointment of his daughter Soumya Jain as adviser to the Delhi government’s health department and another related to appointment of his officer-on-special duty (OSD) Dr Nikunj Aggarwal.

Besides, it has also been found that Mr Jain had allegedly purchased more than 80 acres in Karala, Auchandi, Nizampur, Budham north and northwest area of Delhi in close vicinity of unauthorised colonies.

The land purchased by Jain in Karala Village falls in the planned development framework where more than 89 villages will be sooner or later urbanised under the land pooling policy (LPP), sources said.