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Why Supreme Court snubbed ED for plea against bail to Anil Deshmukh

The Supreme Court bench today dismissed a petition filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that challenged the grant of bail to former home minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case. The Justice DY Chandrachud-led bench refused to interfere with the 4 October order of the Bombay High Court that had granted bail to the NCP leader who was arrested in a PMLA case.

The high court had said the bail order would be effective from 13 October to enable the ED to file an appeal before the Supreme Court.

Deshmukh will, however, continue to remain lodged in judicial custody at the Arthur Road prison in Mumbai as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a corruption case.

Deshmukh had moved the high court through advocates Aniket Nikam and Inderpal Singh, after the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in March rejected his bail plea on the ground that there was prima facie proof that he had exercised “undue influence” over transfers and postings of police officers.

The ED had sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks, pleading before the Supreme Court that it is shut for the Dussehra holidays and will reopen on 10 October. Deshmukh’s lawyer opposed it and said the agency could file an appeal in the highest court even during the and it was not that the applicant would come out on bail as he was in custody for a case too. The court said the bail order would become effective on 13 October.

The Supreme Court thus found the argument of the defence more plausible.

The ED had arrested Deshmukh in November 2021 on charges of misusing his position as the home minister and collecting money worth crores from various bars in Mumbai through some police officers.

The Supreme Court had directed the Bombay High Court last month to hear and decide Deshmukh’s plea expeditiously and noted that the same was pending in the high court since 21 March.

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