The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the Bombay High Court order granting bail to the former Maharashtra Home Minister and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh in a case accusing him of using state police for collecting gratification from the bar owners and in transfer and posting of police personnel.
Refusing to entertain an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigating (CBI) against the high court order, a bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justice V Ramasubramanian and J B Pardiwala told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that on an earlier occasion they have confirmed the bail granted by the High Court in a related PMLA case.
At the outset, CJI Chandrachud told Solicitor General Mehta the bail granted in the PMLA case was affirmed. The bench then proceeded to dismiss the petition, clarifying that the observations made by the High Court will not influence the trial as they are only limited to the issue of the bail.
Deshmukh is in custody since his arrest on November 2, 2021. In October 2022, the Bombay High Court had granted bail to the former Home Minister in a money laundering case, which the top court had refused to set aside. Deshmukh remained in jail due to another CBI case.