5 December 2022

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to grant an urgent hearing on the plea of the Enforcement Di rectorate seeking cancellation of bail granted to former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case and posted the case to Tuesday.

Deshmukh was granted bail by the High Court last week, saying that it would be ” unsafe ” to rely on statements of dismissed cop and co-accused Sachin Waze in the money laundering case against the ex-Maharashtra home minister. His bail plea was pending in the HC for more than six months and it was heard only after the apex court asked the HC to grant him a hearing and decide the case expeditiously.

SC against the bail given
SC against the bail given

Challenging the order of the HC, the agency rushed to the Supreme Court seeking a stay of the HC order. Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the agency, mentioned the case before a bench headed by Chief Justice U U Lalit for an early listing of the case and the court agreed to post the case on Tuesday. The HC, while granting bail to Deshmukh, said that its order will become effective from October 13 to allow the agency to approach SC against its order.

Observing that it is a legitimate expectation of a person to get an expeditious hearing on a bail petition, the Supreme Court on September 26 expressed its displeasure over Bombay HC for keeping Deshmukh’s bail plea pending for the last six months and asked the HC to grant him a hearing during the course of the week. Deshmukh, who was arrested by ED in November last year, had moved the HC after the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act ( PMLA ) court on March 14 rejected his bail plea and held that there is prima facie proof to indicate that Deshmukh had exercised ” undue influence ” over transfers and postings of police officers.

Complying with the direction of the apex court, the HC granted an expeditious hearing and decided the case in eight days and Deshmukh was given bail.

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