New Delhi :
The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a sessions court here on September 22 on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to transfer the bail plea of Delhi minister Satyendra Jain to another judge in a money laundering case. directed to conduct the hearing. The Supreme Court said that any accused deserves an early hearing on his bail plea. A three-judge bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud asked the principal district and sessions judge of the Rouse Avenue court to consider the plea for hearing.
The bench also included Justice Hima Kohli and Justice PS Narisamha. “We wish to clarify that any party aggrieved by the decision to transfer the petition may request appropriate remedies in accordance with law. The stage of the bail hearing will depend on the decision of the district judge.” Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Jain, mentioned the matter before the bench and requested for an urgent hearing. Sibal said seven hearings have been held and Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju was asked to come on September 15. But the ASG made an application requesting transfer of the case, he said.
Raju said that if the petitioner is upset with this, then he can go to the High Court. Principal District and Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Gupta had on September 19 stayed the bail hearing proceedings before Special Judge Geetanjali Goel and issued notices to Jain and other co-accused in the case on an application by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). in which a request was made to transfer the case to another judge.
The judge directed the respondents to file their reply on the ED’s plea by September 30. The ED has requested Goyal to refer the matter to another judge. In its plea, the agency raised some objections to the bail pleas being heard by the special judge. Special Judge Goel, while hearing lengthy arguments on bail pleas of Jain and co-accused Ankush Jain and Vaibhav Jain, had pulled up the agency over the ED’s probe. All the three accused are currently in judicial custody.
The ED had registered a case against Jain and other two persons on the basis of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR registered against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Jain is accused of laundering money through four companies affiliated to him.
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