5 December 2022

New Delhi : Observing that it is a legitimate expectation of a person to get expeditious hearing on bail petition , the Supreme Court on Monday expressed its dis pleasure over Bombay high Court for keeping bail plea of state former home minister Anil Deshmukh pending for the last eight months and asked the HC to grant him a hearing during the course of the week .

deciding Deshmukh bail plea
deciding Deshmukh bail plea

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hima Kohli said that Bombay High Court even failed to implement its order by which it was asked in May to expeditiously decide Deshmuks’s bail plea but four months passed and bail plea remain undecided .

Deshmukh , who was arrested by ED in November last year , had moved the high court after the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act ( PMLA ) court on March 14 rejected his bail plea and held that there is primafacie proof to indicate that Deshmukh had exercised ” undue influence ” over transfers and postings of police officers .

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal and lawyer Aparna Bhat , appearing for Deshmukh , contended before the bench that bail plea was not being decided by the HC de spite the apex court’s order and pleaded for interim bail . They said that bail plea was filed on March 21 but the court kept adjourning the case and the former mini ter was forced to approach the apex court which on May 31 directed expeditious disposal of his bail petition by HC . Sibal said that almost four months have passed since SC’s order but the plea is still pending which forced his client to again approach the apex court .

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