By Srishti Ojha: Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Thursday sought the response of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Delhi’s former minister Satyendar Jain’s plea seeking transfer of his money laundering case to another judge.
The District and Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Gupta, however, refused to stay the proceedings going on before the Special Judge Vikas Dhull in a money laundering case.
The court will hear the case on May 4 and has sought the ED’s reply before that.
The case will be taken up with another plea filed by Satyendar Jain seeking the transfer of case being probed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for alleged corruption to another judge.
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Presently, special judge Vikas Dhull is hearing both the cases of Satyendar Jain.
Jain is presently confined in Tihar Jail in relation to the money laundering case being probed by Enforcement Directorate.
In the CBI matter, Satyendar Jain earlier also moved an application seeking the transfer of this case to another court. The District and Sessions Judge had earlier stayed the proceedings in the CBI till May 4.
The transfer is being sought from court of Special Judge Vikas Dhull, who had denied Jain bail in the ED case, observing that he had indulged in the offence of money laundering.
When the order was challenged before the Delhi High Court, the court refused to grant him bail and observed that it doesn’t find any illegality in the trial court order.
The high court had observed that Jain’s case failed to meet the twin conditions as provided under Section 45 PMLA as well as the conditions as laid down under Section 439 Cr.P.C.
The ED has accused Jain of being involved” in concealing the proceeds of crime by giving cash to the Kolkata-based entry operators and thereafter, bringing the cash into three companies against the sale of shares to show that income of these three companies was untainted..
It has been alleged that Jain gave money to some Kolkata based entry operators of different shell companies for accommodation entries, through his associates. The entry operators had then allegedly re-routed the money in the form of investment through shares in Jain-linked companies after “layering them through shell companies”.