The Supreme Court on Tuesday called for a response from the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) to a plea filed by Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain challenging the verdict of the Delhi High Court rejecting his petition for an order of a lower court to transfer the money laundering case to another court. A bench of judges MR Shah and Krishna Murari notified the ED and posted the case for hearing on October 31.
On October 1, the High Court rejected Jain’s plea, saying all facts had been duly considered by the Senior District and Sessions Judge during the transfer of the case, which is under review by the Directorate. of Execution (ED), and the decision cannot be considered to have suffered from illegality or necessary interference. Jain, who is under arrest in the case, had asked the High Court to challenge the September 23 order of Senior District and Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Gupta transferring the money laundering case to another judge for alleged bias.
The magistrate’s order was issued on the transfer request made by the anti-money laundering agency.
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The agency, in its motion to transfer to the district judge, had argued that while there was no complaint against the judge hearing the case, it was “a case of probable bias” in favor of the Delhi Minister and there was a fear that he might not get an independent and impartial hearing. The AAP leader had argued in the High Court that the ED could not be allowed to ‘bully’ a judge and seek the transfer of the money laundering case on the grounds of ‘bias’ without any foundation.
The ED had arrested Jain and two others in the money laundering case based on a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR filed against the AAP chief in 2017 under the Prevention of Crime Act. corruption. Jain is accused of laundering money through four companies linked to him. He denied the allegations.