SC grants interim bail to Satyendar Jain on medical grounds

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today, May 26, granted interim bail to Delhi Ex-minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Satyendar Jain for 6 weeks in the alleged money laundering case. The Apex court also imposed various conditions including neither talking with the media nor leaving Delhi sans permission.

Jain was granted temporary release until July 11 by a court panel that included Justices JK Maheshwari and PS Narasimha and issued him a prohibition against interfering with witnesses. The SC ordered that all pertinent treatment records be brought before this court. The highest court announced that the order will remain in effect until July 11 and scheduled a follow-up hearing for July 10.

The highest court also permitted Jain to receive medical care at any hospital of his choosing. The highest court made it clear that interim bail is dependent on a person's health. Jain's senior attorney AM Singhvi stated that they are requesting bail for medical reasons.

ASG SV Raju, speaking on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), requested that Jain undergo a medical examination by a team of physicians from AIIMS or Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He also let the SC know that he was the Health Minister and in charge of the government hospitals. The top court granted Satyendar Jain the freedom to approach the top court's vacation bench for an early hearing on his appeal challenging the Delhi High Court order dismissing his bail plea in the money laundering case against him. Last week, the top court asked the ED to submit a response to Jain's motion for bail in a money laundering case.

Jain's attorney said, with this, he lost 35 kg and became skeletal. Satyendar Jain, a former minister for Delhi, filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court to overturn a decision by the Delhi High Court that had denied him bail in a case involving alleged money laundering.

The Delhi High Court rejected Satyendra Jain's bail request on April 6. Satyendar Jain's bail request was denied by the HC, who noted that the petitioner is powerful and might tamper with the evidence. At this point, it is impossible to demand that Satyender Jain, the applicant, fulfil the two requirements of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). On March 21, following the conclusion of the submissions made by the defence and prosecution parties following numerous hearings, the HC had reserved the order.

During arguments in High Court, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju appeared for ED contented that money laundering is crystal clear against Jain and other co-accused. Jain said in his bail request that he had appeared before the ED seven times. I've helped out and taken part in the investigation. After 5 years, in 2022, I was detained.

The trial court dismissed Satyendar Jain's bail motion on November 17, 2022. He was detained by the court in this matter after being apprehended on May 30, 2022, in accordance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) accusation that Satyender Jain allegedly acquired movable property between February 14, 2015, and May 31, 2017, and could not provide a satisfactory justification for it is the basis for the ED case. 

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