Updated: October 10, 2022 7:13 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India]Oct 10 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the plea filed by the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) challenging the order of the Bombay High Court granting bail to the former Maharashtra Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh on October 11.
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit ordered the case to be placed before a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud on Tuesday, as his bench had already heard Anil Deshmukh’s case.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for ED has flagged the case for an urgent hearing in the Supreme Court.
On October 4, the Bombay High Court granted bail to Deshmukh, who was arrested in a money laundering case being investigated by the ED.
The High Court had ordered the bail order to be effective from October 13, to allow the ED to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Deshmukh will continue to be held in custody at Arthur Road Prison as he is also under investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a corruption case.
Earlier, at Deshmukh’s request, the High Court ordered the High Court to hear and decide expeditiously on his bail application.
Judge Chandrachud had expressed his displeasure that the Bombay High Court had upheld Deshmukh’s bail application for so many months and asked him to hear Deshmukh’s plea within a week and decide it quickly.
The Supreme Court noted that Deshmukh’s bail plea has been pending in the High Court since March 21 and observed that maintaining bail applications for eight months is not in line with relevant case law. release on bail.
Deshmukh had sought bail from the High Court in the money laundering case being investigated by the Directorate of Law Enforcement after the Special Court rejected his plea.
Deshmukh was arrested by the ED in November 2021 and is currently in police custody.
According to the ED, Deshmukh had abused his position as state home minister and collected Rs 4.70 crore from various bars in Mumbai through some police officers. (ANI)