The Delhi High Court on Saturday dismissed a petition filed by Aam Aadmi Party leader Satyendar Jain challenging the transfer of his money laundering case to a new judge, Bar and Bench reported.
On September 23, a Delhi court had transferred the case from Special Judge Gitanjali Goel to Special Judge Vikas Dhull on a request from the Enforcement Directorate. Jain had challenged the order in the High Court.
On Saturday, Justice Yogesh Khanna of the Delhi High Court said that the principal district and sessions judge had considered all facts while transferring the case, and that the order did not need any interference, PTI reported.
“The question is not of an integrity or uprightness of the judge but is of an apprehension in the mind of a party,” the High Court said.
Special Judge Gitanjali Goel, who was initially hearing Jain’s case, had rebuked the Enforcement Directorate over its investigation while hearing the bail pleas of the Aam Aadmi Party leader and two of his aides – Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain.
On September 15, the Enforcement Directorate had sought that the case be transferred to another judge, alleging that Goel was biased.
The agency argued that the judge did not consider the influence of Jain – a former Delhi health minister – on hospitals and doctors while hearing…