The Supreme Court in the case Anil Deshmukh v State of Maharashtra observed and granted Anil Deshmukh, Former Maharashtra Home Minister the liberty to file an application before the Bombay High Court seeking early listing of his bail application which is being investigated by the ED, in the money laundering case.
ED had further stated in the affidavit Opposing Deshmukh’s bail that Deshmukh was not able to explain the source of the wealth and was hiding the actual facts and has not cooperated with the probe.
In the affidavit filed by ED before the High Court had stated that the applicant is the main conspirator and the brain behind the whole conspiracy to collect money from bars and restaurant owners and the applicant (Deshmukh) is the mastermind of the entire conspiracy hatched with his son Hrishikesh Deshmukh, Sachin Waze (dismissed police officer), Sanjeev Palande and Kundan Shinde (Deshmukh’s former aides).
since 11.03.2021, Deshmukh has been in custody and has filed the bail application in the high court while ED filed their response calling Deshmukh the mastermind of the entire conspiracy.
on merits Deshmukh had sought bail in the money laundering case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate after the special court refused relief before the High Court.
While assaulting the Bombay High Court’s orders of adjourning his bail plea, Deshmukh had approached Supreme Court.
The bench in its order stated that the petitioner is at liberty to file an application for early listing of his bail. We hope & trust that the matter will be expeditiously heard and that the application is taken on board & be heard expeditiously heard and that the application is taken on board & be heard expeditiously and the application was filed on March 25 and was listed on 3 occasions and it appears that due to paucity for this time it could not be heard, the top court in its order said.
The only request made by Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal for Deshmukh submitted was for his bail application to be heard by the High Court.
The bench observed in the present case that it hopes and trusts that the High Court will hear the matter will be expeditiously heard.
The vacation bench comprising of Justice Ajay Rastogi and the Justice BV Nagarthana observed and that although the bail was filed on March 25 but could not be heard by the High Court as thrice due to the paucity of time. Furthermore, the bench granted Deshmukh liberty to approach the High Court.