5 December 2022

New Delhi : The Enforcement Directorate recently came up trumps in court in its case against Satyendar Jain even when the Delhi minister and senior AAP functionary was represented by top – notch lawyer Kapil Sibal .

The twin successes over which court should hear Jain’s bail application , represent the aggression that has come to symbolise the approach of the anti – money laundering agency .

Success Against Jain's Plea
Success Against Jain’s Plea

Jain moved the Supreme Court , after ED sought change of the trial court judge who , it claimed , was not hearing AAP leader’s bail application in a fair manner . The SC directed the Delhi’s principal and session judge to take up the matter immediately and decide . The verdict , however , went against the minister as the court favoured ED and transferred the case to a new trial judge .

Not satisfied , Jain again moved the Delhi High Court against the transfer of the case . The HC , too , concurred with the ED and dismissed Jain’s plea observing that it was not the ” question of integrity or uprightness of the judge but of apprehension in the mind of a party . “

Sources in the ED said the agency had done its home work well . It had gathered enough material in support of its claim that the trial court had not been right in ignoring its concern that Jain’s plea for bail on health grounds was based on a medical certificate from a Delhi government hospital . The authorities of Del hi government hospitals not long ago directly reported to the AAP leader whom Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has retained as a minister .

The agency argued that this cannot be relied upon when the high court had earlier ordered that his medical conditions report should be obtained from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital which comes under the Centre .

This was not the first in stance of ED moving the top court over the approach of courts in cases of money laundering .

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