Decision on bail of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh may come on Friday
Bombay High Court may give important decision in money laundering case
ED opposes Deshmukh’s bail application
Mumbai. Following the direction of the Supreme Court, the Bombay High Court may give its verdict on Friday on the bail of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in the money laundering case. After this it will be clear whether Anil Deshmukh will get bail or he will remain in the custody of the jail. However, the ED has opposed Anil Deshmukh’s bail. The Supreme Court, while ordering a petition for a delay of 7 months in the hearing of Anil Deshmukh’s bail in the Bombay High Court, directed that he should hear and order Anil Deshmukh’s bail within 1 week. After this, after a marathon hearing for two days on Anil Deshmukh’s bail in the Bombay High Court, on Wednesday, he had reserved his decision. Now on Friday, the Bombay High Court can make a proclamation, which will decide whether Anil Deshmukh will get bail or he will have to stay in jail.
Anil Deshmukh’s bail was opposed by the ED in the two-day hearing. Additional Solicitor General Anil Deshmukh, appearing for the ED, pointed out two main allegations against Deshmukh – one for extorting money from bars and restaurants across Mumbai to sacked Mumbai police officer Sachin Vaz. and another for misusing his office by which Anil Deshmukh was given transfer postings to policemen of his choice in exchange for large sums of money. Anil Singh argued that Anil Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande, then Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunthe and Deshmukh’s own OSD Ravi Vatkar had confirmed that officers were being transferred in lieu of money.
Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer raised questions
During the debate, Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Vikram Chaudhary also raised questions regarding the statement of Sachin Waje and said that the mobile number which was present in Sachin Waje’s mobile phone by the name number 1, on what basis can it be said that Anil Deshmukh’s was. Parambir Singh was on the number 1 position in the department. On this, the ED confirmed that he has many proofs in response to this question that he was none other than Anil Deshmukh. On this, Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Vikram Chaudhary said that all these things will be clear only after the trial starts. Chaudhary said that the ED is a very interesting department. His investigation is endless. Whenever someone points out shortcomings in their case, they fill that gap by recording statements.
Opposing the bail of Anil Deshmukh, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the ED, told the court that if Anil Deshmukh, who is in jail, is granted bail, it will mean that he is not the main accused under PMLA. . Economic crime is serious and it affects the financial strength of the country. In such a situation, while granting bail, the court will have to accept that the accused is not involved at all.
Vikram Chaudhary made a big claim
Deshmukh Vikram Choudhary, Aniket Nikam and Inderpal Singh, appearing for them, argued that the Enforcement Directorate has arrested Deshmukh without solid evidence. The trial of the case has not started yet. The case which is registered against Deshmukh, in this case, the maximum punishment can be seven years and minimum three months, while Deshmukh has spent more time in jail. In the court, Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Chaudhary argued that Deshmukh needs shoulder surgery and this surgery is necessary for a sick person. His health deteriorated a few days ago and he was taken to KEM Hospital after complaining of chest pain.
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In response, Anil Singh, appearing for the ED, told the court that he does not have any such disease which cannot be treated from the hospital attached to the jail. It is not their case that we did not take them to the hospital whenever the need arose. Nowadays, everyone has age related problems and there are many such prisoners in jail, but the court has to consider whether this can be a ground for bail.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 30, 2022, 01:02 IST