Friday, March 24, 2023

Mumbai court denies bail to ex-Maharashtra Minister Anil Deshmukh in corruption case

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A local court in Maharashtra on Friday refused bail to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in a corruption case.

Special CBI Judge S.H. Gwalani observed that bail cannot be granted to the accused in the present case as a huge amount of money was involved, which concerned the economy of the country. 

Besides, the accused was receiving adequate medical facilities as per his requirements in the prison, so there was no need to grant him bail, added the court. 

It further noted that a detailed examination of evidence at the merits of the case need not be undertaken at the stage of bail.

As per the bail application by Deshmukh, the credibility of the statements on which the case of CBI rest, was extremely doubtful and the credentials of all such people raised a question mark of serious nature.

It said the entire case was based on the statement of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and dismissed Mumbai policeman Sachin Waze.

The bail petition said there was ample evidence available on record to prove that Waze was, in fact, the sole person instrumental in the collection of bribe from the bar owners.

Deshmukh further contended in the bail application that the credibility of Waze was of grave concern, more so because he had turned an approver in the case. 

The application further stated that investigation carried out by CBI did not inspire any confidence and on the contrary, exposed the premiere instigating agency of the country to have become a mere pawn in the hands of vested interests and acting for extraneous and malafide considerations.

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