The Central Bureau of Investigation( CBI) on Thursday begun questioning the Delhi health minister, Satyender Jain, in a money laundering case, reported news agency ANI.
Quoting CBI sources, a PTI report said that he arrived at the agency headquarters around 11 in the morning and was questioned for over eight hours by its sleuths.
Jain, who holds several portfolios in the Arvind Kejriwal government, refused to speak to media waiting outside the headquarters.
The CBI sources said the agency might soon convert the preliminary enquiry into a regular case as it was not convinced by the arguments put forth by Jain.
The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry against Jain in connection with allegations of money laundering.
It was alleged that Jain was involved in money laundering to the tune of Rs 4.63 crore while being a public servant during 2015-16 through Prayas Info Solutions Private Limited, Akinchan Developers Private Limited and Managalyatan Projects Private Limited, the CBI sources said.
Jain had dismissed the allegations after the Enforcement Directorate last month attached properties linked to him in the matter.
This came after it was reported how the Anti Corruption Branch in Delhi had begun a probe into allegations by sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra about a scam in procurement of medicines in government hospitals.
In April, the CBI had registered a preliminary inquiry against Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain to inquire into allegations of money laundering against him.
It is alleged that Jain was involved in money laundering to the tune of Rs 4.63 crore while being a public servant during 2015-16 through Prayas Info Solutions private limited, Akinchand developers private limited and Managalyatan projects private limited.
The allegations against Jain also include purported money laundering to the tune of Rs 11.78 crore during 2010-12 through these companies and Indometal Impex pvt limited.
The matter was referred to the CBI by Income Tax Department against the new Benami Transactions Prohibitions Act.