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Satyendar Jain moves Supreme Court challenging transfer of bail plea to another judge

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The former Delhi minister and the leader from the Aam Aadmi Party Satyendar Jain has moved the Supreme Court challenging the transfer of bail plea in a money laundering case to another judge from the judge who was hearing it.

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal mentioned the plea by the minister before the Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit on Monday who has agreed to list the case for hearing tomorrow.

The CJI has directed to list the matter tomorrow as first item on board.

The former minister Jain has challenged the order by the Delhi High Court which had dismissed his plea after he approached them challenging an order passed by Principal District and Sessions Court Vinay Kumar Gupta of the Rouse Avenue court allowing ED’s plea for transfer of Jain’s case from judge Geetanjali Goel to judge Vikas Dhull.

Earlier the Special Judge Geetanjli Goel was hearing the submissions in Jain’s bail plea and while the matter was at its final leg, ED sought transfer of the matter alleging bias on the part of the judge.

The plea by Jain was dismissed by the High Court on October 1, which lead to the current appeal before the top court.

The CBI had registered a case against Jain under Sections 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servant) read with 13(e) (disproportionate assets) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The case was registered as Jain had acquired movable properties in the name of various persons between 2015 and 2017 which he could not satisfactorily account for.

Jain was subsequently arrested on April 5 by the ED on the basis of its investigation into the money laundering aspect.

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