Satyendar Jain’s ‘massage’ video emerges from jail, BJP attacks AAP | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A purported video of imprisoned Delhi minister Satyendar Jain receiving a “massage” in his cell in Tihar Jail and meeting some people surfaced on Saturday prompting BJP to demand his resignation.
Addressing a press conference, BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said: “The prison rules have been ignored… A corrupt minister is not removed, and is instead being provided all kinds of VIP treatment. What joke is this? Come out, Arvind Kejriwal, and explain why the massage is being given.”
“The prisoner has to wear a uniform and he is wearing a T-shirt…The number of visitors is fixed for meetings in jail but four people can be seen meeting a man who is corrupt and has not got bail. He is sleeping/resting and four people are inside the cell talking to him,” he said. Evidence is being destroyed and Kejriwal is getting it done, Bhatia alleged.
Within hours of the video being circulated, Jain filed a contempt petition against Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the court of special judge Vikas Dhull. He claimed it was the ED which had leaked the footage despite giving an assurance in writing in court that it won’t do so. The court issued a notice to ED and the hearing has been scheduled for Monday.
The video, of around six minutes, which was shared by several BJP functionaries through social media, comes about two weeks before the municipal corporation elections in Delhi. The 250-ward MCD will go to the polls on December 4 and the counting of votes will take place on December 7.
Party insiders said BJP would be using this video in its campaign to dent AAP’s claims of being an honest party that was against VIP culture.
State BJP president Adesh Gupta alleged, “The Kejriwal government’s fund manager has been locked inside the jail for the past five months. Instead of ensuring basic facilities for the public, Kejriwal is providing TV, massage and mineral water facilities to his manager inside the jail.”
This is not the first time that allegations of Jain getting massages inside the jail have been made. Earlier, a Tihar Jail superintendent was suspended over alleged preferential treatment to Jain. The ED told a court on Wednesday that Jain had been given “special treatment” in his cell in the form of massages, food, papers, and meetings with people beyond permissible hours. Opposing Jain’s bail plea, the agency also submitted photographs extracted from the CCTV footage of the prison to back its claims.
Jain was Delhi’s home minister and also in-charge of prisons when he was arrested.
Gupta has, meanwhile, written a letter to lieutenant governor VK Saxena and demanded a high-level inquiry into the Tihar Jail arrangements besides 24-hour surveillance of the minister’s cell. “The video proves that Kejriwal is directly promoting those who commit crimes in Delhi,” alleged BJP MP Parvesh Verma.
Special judge Dhull had recently directed the ED and the minister’s legal team not to leak the content of affidavits and a video which was submitted in the court in a pen drive in support of the agency’s allegation that the minister was getting special treatment and living a luxurious life in jail.
The court had taken written undertakings from both sides. However, no restrictive orders pertaining to media coverage were passed.

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