Relief to former Maharashtra Home Minister, SC dismisses CBI’s appeal against bail
- Bombay High Court granted bail to Anil Deshmukh in corruption case
- The CBI challenged this Bombay High Court order in the Supreme Court
- The SC dismissed CBI’s appeal challenging the Bombay High Court order
Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has got a big relief from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has dismissed the CBI’s appeal challenging the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to an NCP leader in a corruption case. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices V Ramasubramanian and JB Pardiwala said that Deshmukh has also been granted bail in a related money laundering case.
In December last year, the CBI had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to Deshmukh in the corruption case. The High Court granted bail to the NCP leader on December 12, but said the order would come into effect after 10 days, as the Central Bureau of Investigation sought time to challenge it in the Supreme Court.
The High Court said that apart from the statement of sacked police officer Sachin Vazhe, none of the statements recorded by the CBI showed that money was extorted from bar owners in Mumbai at the behest of the leader. In its petition filed in the Supreme Court, the investigating agency has claimed that the High Court committed grave error in granting bail to Deshmukh, and ignored serious objections raised by the investigating agency on both the merits and outcome of the case.