Satyendar Jain, the Delhi health minister who was detained by the ED in a case involving money laundering, had his judicial custody extended by a court in this city on Monday for an additional two weeks. The AAP leader, who is hospitalized, appeared via video conference, and Special Judge Geetanjali Goel issued the ruling in response to an application for an extension of Jain's detention made by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The judge turned down the request earlier in the day, citing the absence of Jain and any legal counsel who was supposed to represent him in court. The court ordered the ED to make arrangements for Jain's video conference appearance before it later that day after learning that Jain was hospitalized.
The judge prolonged the politician's judicial custody for an additional 14 days after hearing the arguments of the agency's plea. By the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the ED detained Jain, 57, on May 30. (PMLA)
Following a drop in his oxygen level last week, he was sent to a city hospital.