The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has detained Jaswant Singh Gajjan Majra, a lawmaker from Punjab. The reasons for his detention are currently unclear. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of orchestrating a plot to defame them.
According to the AAP spokesperson, Malwinder Kang, Jaswant Singh was already facing problems before joining the party, and this detention is part of the BJP’s tactics to defame and coerce the AAP. The MLA was picked up by the ED during a public meeting.
This is not the first time Jaswant Singh has faced legal trouble. Last September, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at three premises linked to him, including his residence, in connection with an alleged Rs 41 crore bank fraud case. The searches resulted in the discovery of cash, foreign currency, and incriminating documents.
The case against Jaswant Singh and others, including the Tara Corporation Limited, was registered based on a complaint by a Bank of India branch in Ludhiana. The CBI named several individuals, senior executives, and unknown public servants in the case.
The ED’s action against Jaswant Singh comes amidst a series of actions by central investigative agencies against opposition parties and leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The ED is also investigating Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel over allegations of receiving a bribe from the owner of the Mahadev betting app.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann criticized the ED for summoning Arvind Kejriwal and accused the BJP of wanting to imprison him because he prioritized the welfare of the people. Earlier, the ED had also conducted searches at locations linked to another AAP lawmaker, Kulwant Singh, as part of a drugs-linked money laundering investigation.
The situation is still developing, and further updates are awaited.