Money laundering Case: PIL in Delhi High Court seeking to declare AAP leader Satyendar Jain, as “Person with unsound mind”

Satyendar Jain

NEW DELHI: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed before the Delhi High Court seeking to declare AAP leader Satyendar Jain, arrested in a money laundering case, a “person with the unsound mind” and disqualify him as MLA and minister.

The petition is listed for hearing before a bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad on August 16.

Last month, the High Court dismissed a plea to suspend Satyendra Jain from the Cabinet saying it is for the chief minister to consider whether a person with a criminal background should be allowed to continue as a minister or not.

While in court, Ashish Kumar Srivastava (Petitioner) claimed that Satyendra Jain has “himself declared that he lost his memory” before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and informed the same to the trial court as well

The plea, filed by Adv. Rudra Vikram Singh on the behalf of Ashish Kumar Srivastava stated that the ED already had informed that the AAP leader has “accepted that he had lost his memory due to severe Covid” and “the news of losing the memory is covered by all media sources and it is very much in the public domain”.

“Continuing an unsound person with so many important portfolios of the Government is cheating the voters of Delhi, who have elected a person with clean image and good mental health… Respondent No 5 (Jain) is holding an important portfolio in Government and because of his mental illness/unsound mind/memory loss the public of the NCT of Delhi will suffer a lot,” the petition said.

The petitioner thus asserted that in light of Article 191 (1)(b) of the Constitution of India clearly, which mandates that an MLA has to be disqualified if he is of “unsound mind” and stands so declared by a competent court, Jain cannot continue holding the important portfolio of a Delhi Cabinet minister and enjoying the post of an MLA.

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