L-G approves graft probe against Satyendar Jain in CCTV graft case

The case involves waiving off penalties worth Rs 16 crore imposed on the BEL for the delay in the installation of CCTV cameras.
Former Delhi minister and AAP leader Satyendar Jain.
Former Delhi minister and AAP leader Satyendar Jain.File Photo | ANI

NEW DELHI: L-G VK Saxena has approved an investigation under the Prevention of Corruption (PoC) Act against incarcerated AAP leader and former Delhi minister Satyendar Jain for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 7 crore for waiving a penalty imposed on Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), in connection with a project for installation of CCTV cameras in the 70 assembly constituencies in the city.

The approval came after the Directorate of Vigilance (DoV) proposed the case to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs seeking their permission to go ahead with the probe. The case involves waiving off penalties worth Rs 16 crore imposed on the BEL for the delay in the installation of CCTV cameras.

“Jain, who was the PWD minister, GNCTD and nodal authority of the project, is accused of receiving a bribe of Rs 7 crore for waiving off the penalty of Rs 16 crore imposed on BEL for delay in installing 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras in Delhi at the cost of Rs 571 crores,” a Raj Niwas statement said.

The case of corruption against Jain emerged after a complaint by an employee of BEL in September 2019, who alleged that the BEL through its vendors arranged for a bribe of Rs 7 crore for Jain.

As per records, apart from the complaint, the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government has also obtained information from secret sources which corroborated the case of the complainant, the statement added.

“Further, the fact that repeat orders were placed to the vendors to enhance value to arrange the bribe amount for the minister indicates commission of offence under PoC Act...there were sufficient grounds to grant permission under Section 17 A of the PoC Act to allow ACB to conduct investigation,” the Raj Niwas stated.

Former Delhi minister and AAP leader Satyendar Jain.
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