- Jail sources have said man who was seen giving massage to jailed AAP minister is a rape accused
- Delhi minister Satyendar Jain was seen taking massage inside jail in a video which went viral
- AAP had defended Satyendar Jain saying it was part of his treatment
Satyendar Jain massage case: Days after a purported video of jailed AAP leader Satyendar Jain showed the minister lying on a bed and getting a foot massage in Tihar Jail, sources have said that the person providing VIP treatment to the jailed minister is a prisoner and not a physiotherapist. Sources said that the person giving massage to Satyendar Jain has been identified as Rinku, son of Tarachand. He's an accused in a rape case, charged under Section 6 of POCSO and 376, 506 and 509 of the IPC.
Jain (58), who is in judicial custody over money laundering charges, was seen reading some documents and a man in a white T-shirt massaging his legs in the video which went viral on social media. The Delhi Prisons department comes under the AAP-led city government.
Earlier this week, a Tihar jail superintendent was suspended for alleged involvement in providing special treatment to Jain in the prison.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had claimed in a court here that Jain was getting special treatment inside the Tihar Jail.
The federal probe agency had made the submission before Special Judge Vikas Dhull while concluding its arguments opposing Jain’s plea in the money laundering case.
"Unidentified people were giving foot massages to Jain even beyond curfew hours. He was also given special food,” Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, appearing for the ED, had said.
He had also shared CCTV footage with the court and alleged that most of the time Jain was either in hospital or in jail enjoying various facilities.
Earlier this month, Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel was transferred from the Tihar Jail, days after incarcerated conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar alleged extortion of Rs 10 crore for protection in prison by Goel and Jain.
The AAP had dismissed the allegations as "absurd and baseless".
The ED had arrested Jain and two others on May 30 in the money laundering case based on a CBI FIR in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The AAP minister has been accused of having laundered money through four companies allegedly linked to him.