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Satyendar Jain’s ‘Masseur’ a Tihar prisoner, not a physio, prison sources say; AAP Beats ‘Witch Hunt’

The man caught on video massaging the feet of jailed AAP leader Satyendar Jain is a prisoner in a rape case and not a licensed physiotherapist, as claimed by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party, sources in Tihar jail have confirmed , adding a new twist to the matter. queue.

The ‘masseur’ seen in the security video is Rinku, a prisoner accused of rape under the Protection of Children Against Sex Offenses Act (POCSO) and imprisoned in 2021, Tihar prison official sources revealed .

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) called it a political witch hunt in response to the allegations. Party leader Gopal Rai said, “For the past 10 days, since AAP launched its campaign, BJP has been trying to discredit Kejriwal. Our slogan is ‘kaam kia hai, kaam karenge’, theirs is ‘bath name kia hai, bad name karenge’. When Amit Shah was in jail, the CBI officially said he was given a special cell. The problem is not that Jain is treated, the problem is that people will give treatment to BJP on the 4th [MCD elections].”

A series of videos released by the BJP of Jain receiving ‘VIP treatment’ in jail had sparked a war of words between the two sides, with the saffron party also filing an FIR against Jain and Kejriwal.

BJP leader Amit Malviya beat up the AAP for still keeping Jain in the cabinet. In a tweet, Malviya wrote: “Despite having spent the past five months in jail, Satyendra Jain remains a minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet. He has been given a masseur, TV, bed, mineral water and all facilities, which is a gross violation of prison rules. Why wouldn’t Kejriwal fire him? What is he afraid of?”

For his part, AAP’s Manish Sisodia defended Jain and said doctors had advised him to undergo regular physiotherapy. “For the past six months, BJP has conspired against Satyendar Jain and kept him behind bars. They have descended to such a level that they now make fun of someone’s illness. People can be unwell and can be treated. Even the prime minister can get sick and get treatment… but only the BJP can joke about it.”

However, prison authorities claimed that the video was old and action has already been taken against prison staff and the officer involved. Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had told a special PMLA court that Jain was enjoying luxurious facilities in Tihar jail.

The former PRO of Tihar Jail said giving massages in a cell is not allowed. He added: “The massage he received in jail is not allowed under prison rules. As far as physiotherapy is concerned, there is a physiotherapy center in every prison where massages can be given by a physiotherapist or a trained professional.”

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxsena had previously ordered an inquiry into the matter, after Tihar Prison Superintendent Ajit Kumar, a DANICS official, was suspended. “He has been prima facie found to have committed irregularities warranting an investigation,” read a recent order from the LG.

Jain was arrested on May 30 under the provisions of the Money Laundering Prevention Act (PMLA). He was in de facto control of shell companies used for money laundering, and co-defendants Ankush Jain and Vaibhav Jain were mere dummies.

The ED launched a money laundering investigation based on the CBI’s FIR filed against several suspects including Udai Shanker Awasthi, MD IFFCO, Pankaj Jain, promoter of Jyoti Trading Corporation and Rare Earth Group, Dubai, Amarendra Dhari Singh and others. They were charged by the CBI with masterminding criminal conspiracy, deceit and criminal misconduct.

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