The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a position from the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) on a plea by Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, challenging a lower order transfer of the money laundering case against him to another court.
Judge Yogesh Khanna issued a notice of Jain’s plea and asked the investigative agency to file a “short answer” listing the case for a rehearing on September 28.
Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, representing the ED, asked the court for time to present his position on the petition.
Jain challenged the order of Senior District and Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Gupta transferring him from Special Judge Geetanjali Goel to Special Judge Vikas Dhul, who was hearing his bail application.
Senior lawyers N Hariharan and Rahul Mehra, representing the AAP leader, argued that there was urgency in the matter and even the Supreme Court asked to rule on the bail plea in 14 days.
Hariharan said a lower court had been hearing Jain’s bail plea since August, until the agency decided to file a motion to transfer the case to another judge.
“The order itself states that the judge is honest and upright. Where is the question of transfer? The bias is unfounded. It sends the wrong message,” he argued.
The ED had arrested Jain and two others in a money laundering case in 2017 based on a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR registered against the AAP chief under the Prevention Act corruption.
Jain is accused of money laundering through four companies linked to him.
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