BJP and AAP engage in war of words over Satyendar Jain

BJP on Wednesday went all out in attacking Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal after he defended the arrest of his minister Satyendar Jain by the Enforcement Directorate while the AAP claimed that these charges were being brought out now as the Centre was trying to divert attention from the killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.

Union minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday presented details linking Jain to money laundering cases. She asked why Kejriwal was defending a person who deceived the treasury and people when he thinks corruption is tantamount to betrayal. Kejriwal had earlier said that charges against Jain were politically motivated.

Jain, who holds various portfolios, including health, home and power in the Kejriwal government, was arrested by the ED in a case of money laundering on Monday.

Irani named four shell companies allegedly owned by Jain and his family members. She asked Kejriwal whether it was true that Jain laundered over ₹16.39 crore with the help of hawala operators.

“Under the Income Disclosure Scheme of 2016, Jain had himself admitted that ₹16.39 crore was laundered, and his firm had offered to pay tax on it,” Irani claimed. “I am asking the AAP supremo if such a person should continue to be a minister in his government.” She added the I-T department had rejected Jain’s contention that it was his associates’ money and held that the “ill-gotten” money belonged to him.

Responding to the allegations, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the Centre is trying to divert attention from the killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley by opening an old case against Satyendar Jain. “Instead of worrying about sending Jain to jail, the Centre should think of ways to wipe out terrorists in Kashmir,” Singh said.

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