Bombay HC grants bail to ex minister Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate.

The bail has been granted on a surety amount of Rs 1 lakh.

The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks.

Though Deshmukh has been granted bail in the ED case, he will remain in custody in connection with the CBI case registered against him in April last year.

Deshmukh’s lawyers Vikram Chaudhari and Aniket Nikam said that considering the senior NCP leader’s age (72), health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.

The ED had booked him after the CBI registered a corruption case against him following allegations made by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh, claiming that the NCP leader misused his official position and collected ₹4.7 crore from various bars and restaurants in Mumbai.