Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Friday said that he tried to regularise unauthorised colonies which was part of party’s manifesto. I have not become richer by this. Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn’t want people of unauthorised colonies to live in Delhi, he said. The CBI has claimed that Jain allegedly purchased 200 bighas of agricultural land in the names of companies controlled by him in Delhi during lasts five years and “laundered black money” to the tune of several crores of rupees.
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Jain has denied all these allegations saying the CBI action is politically motivated. The case was registered against Jain for allegedly amassing an illegal wealth of Rs 1.62 crore between 2015 and 2017.
On Thursday, the Centre granted sanction to the CBI to initiate legal proceedings against him in an alleged disproportionate assets case. “Ministry of Home Affairs has granted sanction to prosecute Satyendra Kumar Jain, Minister in Government of NCT of Delhi, in a case registered by CBI on August 24, 2017, for acquiring assets disproportionate to his known sources of income,” an official said.
“Rs 4.63 crore was allegedly received through Prayas Info Solutions, Akinchan Developers, Managalyatan Projects and Indo-Metal Impex Pvt Limited in 2015-16. They had said Jain and his wife were allegedly holders of one-third of the shares in these companies during the period. During CBI questioning, the minister and his wife could not explain the source of Rs 1.62 crore, approximately one-third of the funds received by the companies during 2015-17,” CBI had said.
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), however, had refuted the CBI’s allegations and said that reports of Jain’s involvement in shell companies and benami land deals were “baseless".