The BJP today attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party for receiving a massage at Delhi’s Tihar Jail after Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain was arrested in May on suspicion of money laundering. Several party leaders shared the video on social media, reiterating the BJP’s allegation that Mr Jain enjoyed special treatment in prison. The AAP hit back, saying the BJP had “brazenly” created a scene where a sick person was being treated. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Satyendar Jain had undergone two spinal surgeries after being injured in prison and the hospital advised him to undergo physiotherapy.
BJP spokesman Gaurav Bhatia said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had turned into a “spa and massage party”, challenging Mr Kejriwal to explain Satyendar Jain’s actions in prison. He accused the AAP of being hypocritical about a “VIP culture”.
“Where is Arvind Kejriwal hiding now. Satyendar Jain can be seen enjoying massages and meeting visitors in his cell which is totally against the rules and prison laws. This VVIP culture in prisons is dangerous to democracy,” Mr Bhatia said in a statement. said at a press conference.
Mr Sisodia called the video a “BJP stunt” to “distract” people from upcoming parliamentary elections in Gujarat state. Speaking to the media shortly after the video came to light, he said the leak violated a court order.
The video was released days after Tihar prison warden Ajit Kumar Suspended for alleged VIP treatment imprisoned minister.
The action was taken on the recommendation of a commission of inquiry formed by the Deputy Governor of Delhi after jailed con man Sukesh Chandrashekhar accused the warden of Jail No. 7, where Mr Jain is being held, of giving undue advantages.
Responding to the video, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Satyendar Jain was injured in prison and is currently receiving medical treatment.
The AAP also earlier dismissed allegations Mr Jain received VIP treatment as preposterous and baseless.
The video, released today, purportedly shows Satyender Jain receiving foot, back and head massages in his cell at Tihar Prison. NDTV was unable to independently verify the video.
“VVIP treatment in prison! Can Kejriwal defend such a spell? Shouldn’t he be fired? This shows the true face of AAP!” BJP’s Shehzad Jai Hind said in a tweet, sharing one of the videos.
All rules go in the trash!
VVIP treatment in prison! Can Kejriwal defend such a Mantri? Shouldn’t he be fired?
This exposed the true colors of AAP!
Vasooli and VVIP Massage in Tihar Jail! Tihar is under the AAP government pic.twitter.com/psXFugf7t5
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) November 19, 2022
At a news conference, BJP spokesman Gaurav Bhatia said corruption was rampant in the Aam Aadmi party. “You created your political party to fight corruption and end the VVIP culture. But here, a corrupt man gets all the conveniences,” Mr Bhatia said.
Last month, the Law Enforcement Bureau also Mr Jain is alleged to be living a life of luxury in prisonThe investigating agency also submitted CCTV footage in the Delhi court. It accused Mr Jain, who is also prisons minister, of unfairly using his position.