NEW DELHI: Poonam Jain, wife of Delhi minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Satyender Jain, skipped the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons in connection with a money laundering probe in a hawala transactions case involving Kolkata-based companies on Thursday.
An ED official wishing not to be named said that the Jain has skipped the summons on medical grounds and has asked for another date for appearing before the agency.
The Delhi Minister was arrested on May 30 by the ED officials for questioning in connection with the money laundering probe.
On June 6, the ED said that it carried out searches at the premises linked to Jain.
After the searches, the financial probe agency said that it had seized cash worth Rs 2.85 crore and 133 gold coins weighing 1.80 kg from the premises of the arrested Delhi Minister and his aides in connection with the hawala transaction case.
After the searches, the ED said that those raided were “either directly or indirectly assisted (the minister) or participated in the process of money laundering”. The cash and coins were “unexplained” and were kept in a “secret” place, ED had said in a statement.
Various incriminating documents and digital records were also recovered, the agency said.
The agency said those raided include Jain’s wife Poonam Jain, his business associates Ankush Jain and Vaibhav Jain, Naveen Jain, and Siddharth Jain (directors of Ram Prakash Jewellers Pvt Ltd), GS Matharoo (chairman of Lala Sher Singh Jivan Vigyan Trust which runs Prudence group of schools), Yogesh Kumar Jain (director in Ram Prakash Jewellers Pvt Ltd), father-in-law of Ankush Jain and Lala Sher Singh Jivan Vigyan Trust.
The ED had registered a case of money laundering on the basis of an FIR registered by CBI in August 2017 against Jain, Poonam Jain, Ajit Prasad Jain, Sunil Kumar Jain, Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet on December 3, 2018, against Jain, Poonam Jain, Ajit Prasad Jain, Sunil Kumar Jain, Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain wherein it has been stated that the AAP leader while holding the office as a Minister in the government of Delhi, during the period February 14, 2015, to May 31, 2017, had acquired assets which are disproportionate to his known sources of income.
CBI has accused Jain, his wife and his business associates – Ajit Prasad Jain, Sunil Kumar Jain, Ankush Jain and Vaibhav Jain – of commission of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The ED had earlier attached immovable properties worth Rs 4.81 crore belonging to companies beneficially owned and controlled by Jain on March 31 this year.
Jain was arrested on May 30 under section 19 of the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and he is presently in ED custody till June 9.
A fresh war of words had erupted between the ruling BJP at the centre and the AP. The AP has accused the BJP of misusing the central agencies to harass political opponents.