The Supreme Court pulled up the ED for filing a petition seeking cancellation of bail of an accused suffering from cancer, saying he should not waste “stationery, legal fees and court time”. The accused, an employee of a private bank, was arrested in connection with an embezzlement case of Rs 24 crore. A bench of Justices M R Shah and M M Sundaresh also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the officer concerned for granting permission to file the special leave petition.
“The department should not have filed such special leave petition wasting the stationery, legal fees and time of the court,” the bench said. The special leave petition is dismissed and a fine of Rs 1,00,000 is imposed on the officer concerned allowing the filing of this petition, which will be recovered from his salary. The court said, “The department will deposit the fine in the register of this court within four weeks from today.” An amount of Rs 50,000 will be given to the National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi and Rs 50,000 will be given to the Arbitration and Conciliation Project Committee, Supreme Court.
The ED had moved the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court’s order of 12 November 2021. The High Court had granted bail to the accused on the ground that he was suffering from cancer. The High Court had also asked the concerned doctor of Kamala Nehru Hospital, Prayagraj to examine the petitioner and submit a report on his health and cancer.