Jail Sources On Man Giving Massage To AAP Minister

AAP leaders say Satyendra Jain has undergone physiotherapy

New Delhi:

In a new twist to the controversy over the viral video of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain getting a massage in jail, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) claim that these were “physiotherapy sessions” has been refuted by sources who say “masseur”. Arrested in video rape case.

Tihar Jail official sources said the man messaging the AAP minister in the security videos is Rinku, an inmate accused of rape under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. He was arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his own daughter, a class 10 student.

The CCTV videos dated September 13, 14 and 21 are the subject of a bitter row between the AAP and the BJP in the run-up to the Delhi civic polls next month.

The videos came days after the Enforcement Directorate accused Mr Jain, who was arrested in a money laundering case, of receiving special treatment in Tihar Jail. Allegations of “VIP treatment” led to the transfer of at least 12 Tihar Jail officials besides Director General (Prisons), Sandeep Goyal.

Mr Jain was seen texting and chatting with people sitting in his cell, which is not allowed in the jail. Physiotherapy sessions are not allowed in the inmate’s cell, officials said.

As the videos went viral, bolstering the BJP’s demand to move the minister from Tihar Jail, AAP leaders claimed that Mr Jain was undergoing physiotherapy for a spinal injury.

AAP did not comment on the new revelation, which was seized upon by the BJP.

“Rape accused Rinku was massaging Satyendra Jain. Rinku has been charged under POCSO and IPC 376. So it was not a physiotherapist but a rapist who was massaging Satyendra Jain! Shocking. Kejriwal must answer why he defended it and Insulted physiotherapists,” BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala tweeted.

Even on Monday, Arvind Kejriwal strongly rejected the BJP’s allegation of VIP treatment to his minister, sticking to the “physiotherapy, not massage” argument.

“They are calling it a massage and VIP treatment, but it is merely physiotherapy,” Mr Kejriwal told reporters during his campaign in Vadodara, Gujarat.

Mr. Jain has been in jail since June. A Delhi court rejected his bail plea last week.

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