ACBI team probing a money laundering case questioned Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's wife on Monday, drawing sharp reaction from the ruling AAP, which accused the BJP-led Centre of using the "caged parrot" to "silence dissenters".
CBI sources said a team had gone to Jain's house to seek some clarifications from Poonam as she was reportedly a director in one of the companies run by him. The CBI on Monday questioned Jain's wife, Poonam Jain, in connection with a probe into alleged money laundering against him. Names of three shell companies - Prayas Info Solutions private limited, Akinchand Developers Private Limited and Managalyatan Projects Private Limited - have also cropped up during investigations. Jain is also accused of laundering Rs 11.78 crore in 2010-12 through firms in Kolkata and Delhi.
He added that this proved the BJP was "misusing the CBI and the I-T Department to implicate" Mr. Jain, who is the Delhi Health Minister.More news: Hire firm 'shocked' to see their van used in mosque attack
The agency sought a clarification from Jain's wife in connection with the case. "But we believe these persons do not exist", Mr. Bharadwaj told the media. "Satyendra Jain has repeatedly asked that both of them be produced" but neither the income tax authorities nor the CBI have produced them, said Bharadwaj.
Elaborating on the allegation, Bharadwaj said that the BJP has claimed that a landline number was used to make phone calls to businessmen in Kolkata but that number is out of service since 2014. He said the probe agency has turned down the request to confront the witnesses with Jain. CBI now raids Minister Jain's residence.
In January, the CBI had registered a PE on the basis of a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government. Sisodia said the raids against AAP ministers were being carried out only to shift attention from issues like Vijay Mallya, Panama papers, Vyapam scam and DDCA.