Delhi Court stays Satyendar Jain trial on ED plea seeking transfer of case


The Rouse Avenue Court on Monday stayed the trial court proceedings and bail hearing in connection with Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain and others in a money laundering case.
The District Judge on Monday also issued notice to all accused, including Satyendar Jain, on a plea moved by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking the transfer of the case to another judge. The court has fixed the matter for September 30, 2022, for a detailed hearing. On Saturday, the ED moved an application before the Principal District and Sessions Judge of Rouse Avenue Court urging the transfer of Satyendar Jain’s money laundering case proceedings to another judge.
The ED petition has sought the transfer of the matter to Special Judge Geetanjali Goel after raising certain contentions related to the bail arguments being examined by the court.
In the past few hearings, special judge Geetanjali Goel has pulled up the agency over its probe in the money laundering case. The Court was presently hearing the lengthy arguments on the bail petitions of Satyendar Jain and the other two co-accused, Ankush Jain and Vaibhav Jain, in the matter. The bail hearing of the accused was at the final stage.
All three people are currently in judicial custody. On September 15, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju informed the court that they were moving a plea of transfer of Satyendar Jain’s bail proceedings from the current court.
Senior Advocate N Hariharan, appearing for Satyendar Jain, expressed his displeasure with Special Judge Geetanjali Goel and submitted, “It’s really unfair. Totally uncalled for. They’re preempting things. We’ll oppose it tooth and nail.”
The ED had arrested Satyendar Jain and two others in a money laundering case based on a CBI FIR lodged against the AAP leader in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act under which he was accused of having laundered money through four companies allegedly linked to him.