Last month, the Delhi High Court dismissed a plea to suspend Satyendar Jain from the Cabinet following his arrest in the money laundering case.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been submitted to the Delhi High Court asking the court to declare AAP leader Satyendar Jain, who was recently detained in connection with a money laundering investigation, to be “of unsound mind” and to bar him from serving as a minister and MLA.
On August 16, the petition will be heard by a bench consisting of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad.
Following Mr. Jain’s arrest in the money laundering case last month, the high court rejected a request to remove him from the Cabinet, ruling that the chief minister should decide whether to keep a person with a criminal history in the position of minister or not.
In the present case, Mr. Jain “personally declared that he lost his memory” before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and also informed the trial court of this, according to the petitioner, Ashish Kumar Srivastava, who filed the case.
The AAP politician has “admitted that he had lost his memory owing to severe COVID,” according to the plea, which was submitted through attorney Rudra Vikram Singh. It further noted that “the news of losing the memory is published by all media channels and it is very much in the public domain.”
“The voters of Delhi, who chose a candidate with a solid reputation and healthy mental health, are being cheated by continuing to appoint an unstable person to so many crucial government positions. Respondent No. 5 (Jain) has a significant government position, and the people of the National Capital Territory of Delhi will suffer greatly as a result of his mental illness, unsound mind, and memory loss “stated the petition.
The petitioner therefore claimed that Jain cannot continue holding the significant position of a Delhi Cabinet minister and holding the title of an MLA in light of Article 191 (1)(b) of the Indian Constitution, which clearly states that an MLA must be disqualified if he is of “unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court.