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Delhi High Court reserves its order on PIL to declare Satyendra Jain as person of unsound mind

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The Delhi High Court has reserved its order on PIL to declare Satyendar Jain, the Delhi Minister as a person of ‘unsound mind’ thereby disqualifying him for being the member of Delhi Legislative Assembly.

A public interest litigation (PIL) petition was filed in the Delhi High Court has been filed before the Delhi High Court to declare Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain a person of ‘unsound mind’ and to disqualify him from being a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA)

The petition was heard by a Bench comprising of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramanian Prasad today.

All India Professional Congress’ Ashish Srivastava, has filed the petition through advocate Rudra Vikram Singh, who has also sought for a constitution of a medical board to analyse Jain’s mental condition and a direction to the Delhi government to declare all the decisions taken by Jain after he suffered from COVID-19 as null and void.

The plea states that as per the Constitution Article 191(1)(b), a person will be disqualified from being a member of legislative assembly or legislative council if he or she is of unsound mind and the same is declared by a competent court.

The plea said that even when Jain told the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officers that he has lost his memory and same was said in the Rouse Avenue Court by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju, why he is still continuing his role as a minister of state cabinet.

In his statement Jain has agreed that due to the severe after-effects of COVID-19, he doesn’t remember things like his signature and the trusts or organisations of which he is a member.

The plea thus says that “It is respectfully submitted that Mr. Satyendra Jain, the Respondent No. 5 is handling many important portfolios in Govt. of NCT of Delhi and every day he has to take a lot of decisions and had to sign on many documents/orders, but as he himself declare his memory loss hence anyone can take the advantage of his illness and ultimately the voters of Delhi will suffer.

Last month, the High court of Delhi had receive another PIL for removal of Satyendar Jain on the grounds that he was indicted under serious charges.

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