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Bombay High Court rejects CBI’s plea seeking stay on bail order of NCP leader Anil Deshmukh

The High Court of Bombay on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), seeking stay on the bail order of former state home minister Anil Deshmukh in a corruption case.

The Single-Judge Vacation Bench of Santosh Chapalgaonkar told CBI that the regular Bench of the High Court had, earlier this month, made it clear that no further request of extension would be entertained under any circumstance. 

On December 21, the Single-Judge Bench of Justice M.S. Karnik had stayed the bail order of Deshmukh till December 27. The High Court had given 10 days time to CBI to challenge its order before the Apex Court. 

As the Supreme Court closed for Winter vacations on December 19, the national agency moved the High Court against the bail order. The top court of the country will reopen on January 2.

The bail order of NCP leader will become effective from December 28.

The former Maharashtra Home Minister is likely to be released from jail tomorrow, after a year-long judicial custody in the corruption case and connected money laundering case.

Deshmukh is currently facing two investigations arising from the same allegation – one by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for offence of corruption and the other by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the offence of money laundering.

The Minister was granted bail in the case of money laundering by the Bombay High Court on October 4, but in the CBI case, he was denied bail by the special court.

The former Cabinet minister from Maharashtra then moved the High Court, which granted him bail earlier this month, but stayed the order for 10 days, giving time to CBI to challenge the same.


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