The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena to investigate allegations against Satyendar Jain, former jailed minister of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, for extorting money from high-profile prisoners during his tenure. The CBI has also requested permission to investigate the then Tihar Jail Superintendent Danics officer Raj Kumar, who allegedly aided in extorting money from one of the prisoners.
Jain and ex-Jail Superintendent Raj Kumar have been accused of extorting a large sum of money from “high-profile prisoners”, including conman Sukash Chandrashekhar, in exchange for providing protection in jails. The Tihar jail us under the AAP government’s jurisdiction. The CBI claimed that it had proof that Satyendar Jain allegedly ‘extorted’ and received money from Chandrashekar in various tranches to enable the alleged conman to live a peaceful and comfortable life in jail.
Sources said the CBI sent the request for prosecution to the LG and sought permission to prosecute Satyendar under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Earlier, the Supreme Court on November 6 extended the interim bail granted to AAP leader Satyendar Jain till November 24 in the money laundering case.
Jain has been in custody since May last year after the Enforcement Directorate attached properties worth Rs. 4.81 crore belonging to five companies in the money laundering case against him and few others. Satyendar Jain is accused of having laundered money through four companies allegedly linked to him. The ED case is based on a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) complaint registered on the allegation that Satyender Jain had acquired movable properties in the name of various persons from February 14, 2015, to May 31, 2017, which he could not satisfactorily account for.