The Delhi High Court on Saturday rejected a plea by Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain challenging a lower court order to transfer the money laundering case against him to another court.
Judge Yogesh said that all facts were duly considered by the Senior District and Sessions Judge during the transfer of the case, which is being reviewed by the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED), and that it cannot be concluded that the decision suffered from any illegality or required interference.
“The question is not one of integrity or righteousness of the judge but of apprehension in the mind of a party,” the court said.
“The motion is therefore dismissed,” the court said in its order.
Jain had asked the High Court last month to challenge the September 23 order of Senior District and Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Gupta, who transferred the money laundering case to Special Judge Vikas Dhull from Special Judge Geetanjali Goel, who was hearing his bail plea.
The district judge’s order was made on the request for transfer made by the investigating body.
The agency, in its motion to transfer to the district judge, had argued that while there was no complaint against the judge hearing the case, it was “a case of probable bias” in favor of the Delhi Minister and there was a fear that he might not get an independent and impartial hearing.
The AAP leader argued in the High Court that the ED could not be allowed to bully a judge and seek the transfer of the case on the grounds of ‘bias’ without any merit.
The ED had arrested Jain and two others in the money laundering case based on a Central Bureau of Investigation FIR filed against the AAP chief in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Jain is accused of laundering money through four companies linked to him.