A CCTV video of imprisoned Delhi minister Satyendar Jain apparently getting a massage inside a Tihar jail cell is doing rounds of the internet. Last month, the Enforcement Directorate had submitted footage of Satyendar Jain, alleging that he was living a luxurious life at the jail, to a Delhi court.
The video dated September 13 was recorded by a CCTV camera a little past 1 pm. The stamp on the footage reads ‘W-5 Cell-1 A Block’. A man is seen giving him a foot massage with oil while Jain went through some papers.
Jain was arrested on May 30 after the ED charged him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for alleged money laundering and owning assets disproportionate to his income between February and May 2017.
His wife Poonam has also been accused of the same offences. The ED also attached immovable property worth Rs 4.81 crore owned by private firms allegedly connected to the Jain family.
The financial probe agency alleged that Satyendar Jain was regularly meeting the co-accused in the case, Ankush Jain and Vaibhav Jain, and the jail superintendent. The ED in its affidavit to the court said that Satyendar Jain, who is also the prisons minister, was taking unfair advantage of his position to bend the rules in jail.
The Tihar jail administration, in its defence, said that all three accused could meet only during the headcount in the morning as they were lodged in the same ward and that no one from outside had met them.
The Tihar Jail Superintendent, Ajit Kumar, was reportedly suspended after the allegation surfaced. He appears to have committed irregularities that call for further investigation, the prisons department of the Delhi government stated.
Earlier on November 17, the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi dismissed the bail plea of Satyendar Jain and the two co-accused in the money laundering case. The next hearing in the case will take place on November 29.