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Delhi High Court Reserves Order In PIL To Declare Arrested AAP Leader Satyendar Jain As 'Person Of Unsound Mind'

Nupur Thapliyal
16 Aug 2022 5:50 AM GMT
Delhi High Court Reserves Order In PIL To Declare Arrested AAP Leader Satyendar Jain As Person Of Unsound Mind
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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved order in a public interest litigation seeking to declare AAP leader Satyendar Jain as a person of 'unsound mind' thereby seeking his disqualification from the Delhi Legislative Assembly. Jain is presently in judicial custody in a money laundering case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Satish...

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved order in a public interest litigation seeking to declare AAP leader Satyendar Jain as a person of 'unsound mind' thereby seeking his disqualification from the Delhi Legislative Assembly.

Jain is presently in judicial custody in a money laundering case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad reserved the order in the plea moved by one Ashish Kumar Srivastava, who claimed himself to be a social worker.  

The plea argued that Jain himself declared before the Officers of Enforcement Directorate that he has lost his memory and Additional Solicitor General, SV Raju had conveyed the same to the Trial Court hearing the matter.

The plea further alleged that when Satyendra Jain was confronted with some documents by ED officers, he stated that he did not remember and also denied his Signatures by stating that due to severe case of Covid, he had lost his memory.

"It is respectfully submitted that Mr. Satyendra Jain, the Respondent No. 5 is handling many important portfolios in Govt. of NCT of Delhi and every day he has to take a lot of decisions and had to sign on many documents/ orders, but as he himself declare his memory loss hence anyone can take the advantage of his illness and ultimately the voters of Delhi will suffer," the plea adds.

Accordingly, the plea sought Jain's disqualification from being the Member of Legislative Assembly of Delhi and also a direction on Centre to constitute a Medical board to analyse his mental condition.

Furthermore, a direction is also sought on Delhi Government to declare all the decisions taken by Jain as null and void after he suffered from Covid and allegedly lost his memory.

Case Title: Ashish Kumar Srivastava v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Ors.

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