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BJP vs AAP Over Video of Satyendar Jain Getting Massage in Jail, Sisodia Says Doc Advised Physiotherapy

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Edited By: Abhro Banerjee

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Last Updated: November 19, 2022, 19:23 IST

Delhi, India

BJP on Saturday launched a scathing attack at AAP over a leaked CCTV footage of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain getting 'massage' in jail. (Photo: Screen grab from video tweeted by BJP)

BJP on Saturday launched a scathing attack at AAP over a leaked CCTV footage of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain getting 'massage' in jail. (Photo: Screen grab from video tweeted by BJP)

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxsena had earlier ordered an inquiry into the matter, post which Jail Superintendent of Tihar Jail, Ajit Kumar, was suspended

The BJP released an old video of AAP leader Satyendar Jain getting a massage inside Tihar jail on Saturday, days after it was reported that the Delhi minister is “receiving VIP treatment" in prison. The party also filed a police complaint against Jain and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday over the incident.

Bashing the VIP treatment inside a correctional center, BJP’s Shehzad Poonawalla, in a tweet, said that “all rules have been thrown down the drain". AAP’s Manish Sisodia, however, defended Jain and said that doctors had advised him regular physiotherapy.

While talking to the media, Sisodia said: “For the past six months, BJP has conspired against Satyendar Jain and kept him behind the bars. They have stooped to such a level that now they are making a mockery out of someone’s illness. People can be unwell and can be treated. Even the Prime Minister can fall ill and get treatment… but it is only the BJP who can make jokes out of it."

Jail authorities, however, claimed that the video was old and that action has already been taken against jail staffers and the officer concerned. Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had told a Special PMLA court that Jain was enjoying luxurious facilities at Tihar jail.

BJP leader Amit Malviya, too, bashed the Aam Aadmi Party and its convener Arvind Kejriwal for still keeping Jain in the cabinet. In a tweet, Malviya wrote: “Despite being in jail for last five months, Satyendra Jain continues to be a minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet. He has been provided a masseur, TV, bed, bottled water and all facilities, in gross violation of jail rules. Why would Kejriwal not sack him? What is he scared of?"

The legal team of Satyendar Jain has now moved special court with an application seeking contempt action against ED alleging that it leaked CCTV video despite their undertaking given in court. Special Judge Vikas Dhull has already issued notice to the ED and the matter would be heard in court on November 21.

Tihar Jail’s former PRO, however, said giving massage inside a cell is not permissible. He added: “The massage that he was being given inside the cell is not permissible under jail rules. As far as physiotherapy is concerned, in every jail, there’s a physiotherapy centre where massage can be given by a physiotherapist or a trained expert."

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxsena had earlier ordered an inquiry into the matter, post which Jail Superintendent of Tihar Jail, Ajit Kumar, a DANICS official was suspended. “He has prima facie been found to have committed irregularities that warrant inquiry," read a recent order of LG.

As of now, no official has commented on the matter in connection with the video that has surfaced. Jain was arrested on May 30 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Jain was in de-facto control of shell companies used for alleged money laundering, and the co-accused persons Ankush Jain and Vaibhav Jain were just dummies.

The ED initiated money laundering investigation on the basis of the CBI’s FIR lodged against various suspects including Udai Shanker Awasthi, MD IFFCO, Pankaj Jain, Promoter of Jyoti Trading Corporation and Rare Earth Group, Dubai, Amarendra Dhari Singh and others.

They were accused by the CBI for allegedly hatching criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal misconduct.

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first published:November 19, 2022, 11:16 IST
last updated:November 19, 2022, 19:23 IST
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