As though Arvind Kejriwal was facing less problems one of his minister has come under the scanner of the Income Tax department. It is alleged that Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain was indulging in hawala transfers worth around Rs 17 crore.
Income Tax department had already investigated him thrice for allegedly violating income tax laws. Times Now has pointed out that it has been found that four companies named Indo Metal Impex Pvt Limited, Akinchan Developers Pvt Limited, Mangalyaatan Projects Pvt Ltd and Paryas Infosolutions Pvt Ltd are controlled by Jain. Almost as Rs 16.39 crore was laundered from 56 paper/shell companies from 2010 to 2016 by his wife. Through investigation, they learned that Jain company employees sent cash to three hawala operators — Jivendra Mishra, Abhishek Chokhani, Rajendra Bansal – who are based in Kolkata.
An I-T document reads: “The scrutiny of returns of income of these companies has revealed the nature of these hawala operators were disclosed as share application money along with share premium in the books of account of these companies.”
India Today has recently released a status report of the I-T department which states, “(Jivendra) Mishra deposed that accommodation entries were provided to Indo Metal Impex Pvt Ltd, Paryas Infosolutions, Mangalyaatan Projects Pvt Ltd and Akinchan Developers Pvt Ltd during 2011-2012 through his shell companies.”
“Thereafter further inquiry was conducted by the investigation wing of Kolkata wherein a statement Mishra was recorded on August 29. In the statement of Mishra, he said that he was introduced to Satyendra Kumar by his friend Raju Bansal and he was provided cash by the employees of Jain which was transferred to shell companies controlled by him and thereafter equivalent cheques were issued to various companies of Jain,” it further says.
“(Rajendra) Bansal further told sleuths that he had introduced Mishra to Jain over telephone and Mishra was also keeping regular contact with Jain and persons of his office to collect cash of hawala transactions. The cash transactions happened under the instructions of Jain. It was stated that funds were transferred by cheque and RGTS to companies Jain in lieu of cash receipts, ” as stated in the report.
However, the AAP leader has dismissed the allegations saying that he has nothing to do with the hawala operators. Even Kejriwal supported him by saying he was only summoned for questioning as a witness.
It is worth noting that the CBI had conducted raids at Satyendra Jain’s OSD (Officer on Special Duty) Nikunj Aggarwal’s office at the Delhi Secretariat in December.