Bombay HC grants bail to ex home minister Anil Deshmukh, stays order for 10 days

Minutes after the Bombay High Court granted bail to Maharashtra’s former Home Minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Anil Deshmukh in a corruption case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, it was stayed for 10 days as the CBI has said it will go to the Supreme Court.

The Bombay HC granted conditional bail of Rs 1,00,000 to Deshmukh after he spent nearly 13 months in jail.

Deshmukh, however, won’t walk out of jail as the high court has kept the order in abeyance for ten days after the CBI sought time to challenge it in the Supreme Court.

A single bench of Justice M S Karnik had reserved the order on the plea last week after both sides completed their arguments.

Deshmukh approached the HC after a special CBI court rejected his bail plea last month. He sought bail on medical grounds as well as on merits.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader has been in jail since November last year after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case.