In a new twist to the row over viral videos of Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain getting massages in jail, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s claim that these were “physiotherapy” has been denied by official sources who say the “masseur” in the video is a prisoner in a rape case.
The man giving the AAP minister a massage in the security video is Rinku, a prisoner charged with rape under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) law, according to official sources from Tihar Jail.
The videos, dated September 13, 14 and 21, are at the centre of a fierce row between the AAP and the BJP in the run-up to the Delhi civic elections next month.
केजरीवाल का ‘मसाज मॉडल’
‘आम आदमी’ पार्टी के मुखिया अरविंद केजरीवाल द्वारा दिल्ली के तिहाड़ जेल में अपने ‘खास आदमी’ सत्येंद्र जैन को दी जा रही यह मसाज सेवा उनके तथाकथित नई और परिवर्तनकारी राजनीति का प्रमाण है।
अरविंद केजरीवाल और उनकी पार्टी आज भ्रष्टाचार की पर्याय बन चुकी है। pic.twitter.com/0eVBCIkjFp
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) November 19, 2022
Rinku is not a physiotherapist, according to Tihar Jail sources, and was arrested on rape charges last year.
AAP has not commented on the new revelation, which was seized by the BJP.
“Rape accused Rinku was giving massage to Satyendra Jain. Rinku Accused under Pocso and IPC 376. So it was not a physiotherapist but a rapist who was giving maalish to Satyendra Jain! Shocking. Kejriwal must answer why he defended this and insulted physiotherapists,” tweeted Shehzad Poonawalla, BJP spokesperson.
The person giving maalish and champi to Satyendra Jain was actually a rapist
He was not a PHYSIOTHERAPIST BUT A RAPIST!
AAP defended this! They truly turned Tihar into Thailand!!! pic.twitter.com/5YZUi1STy5
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) November 22, 2022
On Monday, Arvind Kejriwal had strongly refuted the BJP’s allegations of VIP treatment to Satyendar Jain, saying the viral video was of the minister receiving “physiotherapy”, not “massage”.
“They are calling it a massage and VIP treatment, but it’s merely physiotherapy,” Mr Kejriwal told reporters on the sidelines of his campaign in Gujarat’s Vadodra.
With inputs from NDTV