In New CCTV Clip, Arrested Delhi Minister Seen Meeting Jail Chief, Guests
Another CCTV video of incarcerated Aam Aadmi Party minister Satyendar Jain’s cell reveals him entertaining visitors and also captures a visit from a superintendent of the Tihar Jail who has since been suspended, suggesting that new trouble may be developing.
Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the AAP and the chief minister of Delhi, stated today that the election is between the BJP’s 10 videos and his 10 promises to the electorate. He has previously accused the BJP of using central agencies to target its politicians in order to injure them in elections.
The nearly 10-minute-long video recording, which dates from September 12 about 8 p.m., shows Mr. Jain unwinding in his bed as three people wearing casual attire visit him. A few minutes in, Ajit Kumar, superintendent of jail number seven at that time, walks in and interacts with Mr Jain while the rest walk out.
Earlier, Satyendar Jain was observed conversing with other prisoners—who are not permitted inside the prison—while receiving a massage from a man inside his cell. He was also observed eating fruit salad, casting doubt on his claim regarding the calibre of the food served in jail.
When sources revealed that the “masseur” was actually a prisoner who had been charged with raping his own daughter, they disproved AAP’s assertion that these were “physiotherapy sessions” that his doctor had advised following spinal surgery.
In light of the upcoming Delhi municipal elections next month, the films have become a subject of contention between the BJP and AAP, with the BJP requesting that Mr. Jain be transferred from Tihar prison due to his “special treatment.” BJP politicians have posted numerous security camera videos on social media.
The videos first appeared days after the Enforcement Directorate said that Mr. Jain, who was detained in connection with a money laundering investigation, received preferential treatment at Tihar Jail. In addition to Sandeep Goel, director general of prisons, at least 12 other staff members of Tihar jail were transferred as a result of the “VIP treatment” claim.
Since June, Mr. Jain has been incarcerated. Last week, a Delhi court rejected his application for bail. Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, defended Satyendar Jain on Thursday, claiming that he had received proper treatment while incarcerated. In 2010, Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a gangster, was allegedly killed extrajudicially, leading to Amit Shah’s arrest and brief incarceration. Due to a lack of evidence, the case against him was dropped in 2014.