After CCTV footage of Satyendar Jain, a Delhi minister, was posted on social media by Tihar jail officials, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders (BJP) launched a new attack on Satyendar Jain (AAP), while sharing the videos.
Gaurav Bhatia, BJP’s spokesperson, called the minister a “thug”, and criticised AAP for failing to respond to the videos.
“The ‘kattar beimaan thug’ is getting a massage in prison by violating laws. Although he has been in prison for five months, he is still not being fired as a minister. This video showcases VVIP culture. After seeing the video, we have questions for Arvind Kejriwal. Gaurav Bhatia, spokesperson for BJP, said this in a press conference held on Saturday.
He claimed that corruption is rampant within the Aam Aadmi Party.
Several BJP leaders shared CCTV videos with their critics and criticized AAP government and the Delhi minister.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), on charges of money laundering, arrested Satyedar Jain on May 30,
According to CCTV footage, the minister is shown lying on his back reading papers and a man next to him massaging his feet. The footage was taken on September 13.
Another video was shared by Shehzad Poonawalla, BJP national spokesperson, on his official Twitter account. A man is seen massaging the legs and back of the Delhi minister, before giving him a full head massage.
“So, instead of Sazaa- Satyendar Jain getting full VVIP Mazaa?” Massage inside Tihar Jail? Hawalabaaz, who hasn’t been released on bail for five months, gets a head massage. Poonawalla tweeted a video and also mentioned that there was a violation of rules at a prison run by AAP Govt.
He said, “This is how the official position was abused for Vasooli massage thanks to Kejriwal.”
These videos were posted on social media around 10 days after ED accused Delhi minister Jain of money laundering and was denied special treatment in Tihar jail.
“Unknown individuals were giving foot and massage to Mr Jain even after curfew hours.” The ED said that he was given special food.
Soon thereafter, Ajit Kumar (the Superintendent of Delhi’s Tihar Jail) was also suspended due to the alleged VIP treatment that the Delhi minister received.
Jain was taken into custody and is currently in jail in connection to a money laundering case. A Delhi court denied his bail application on Thursday.
A trial court ordered ED and Satyendar Jain’s legal teams not to release any content of affidavits or video in this matter. Both sides had already taken this pledge by the court. There was, however, no restriction/direction passed for media.
Sources said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), recently requested a detailed report from Delhi Chief Secret about allegations that Satyendar Jain, leader of Aam Aadmi Party, was receiving “special treatment” in Tihar jail.
This is after the ED, in an affidavit filed in October, informed a special Delhi court about Satyendar Jain’s “special treatment” at Tihar Jail. He is currently in jail for money laundering.
ED claims that Jain’s wife Poonam Jain has been allowed to see his cell, and she has met the Delhi minister over the limit.
CCTV footage was also provided by the agency showing Jain receiving a massage from an unknown person in his cell. The jail superintendent was also seen meeting Jain regularly on CCTV footage.
Earlier in court, the ED claimed that there were witnesses and sufficient materials to prove money laundering against the Delhi minister.
The Additional Solicitor General, appearing on behalf of the ED, stated that the accused was involved with money laundering along with other defendants. Jain was the one who received money from Kolkata-based businesses. He is both the conspirator as well as the kingpin.
On November 17, the Rouse Avenue Court dismissed Jain’s bail petition in the ED case.
According to the indictment, Satyender Jain knew that he had committed such activities to eliminate the traceability of the source of illgotten money. Therefore, proceeds of crime were funnelled through Kolkata-based entry agents so that their source was hard to determine.