In a recent development, the Supreme Court has extended the temporary release of former Delhi minister Satyendar Kumar Jain in a money laundering case until December 11th. The apex court is currently reviewing a petition filed by Jain, challenging the Delhi High Court's decision on April 6, which had rejected his bail application related to an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Originally, on May 26, the Supreme Court had granted interim bail to Satyendar Kumar Jain for six weeks on medical grounds. Subsequently, the court decided to extend this relief. The case came before a bench consisting of Justices Bela M Trivedi and Satish Chandra Sharma. Jain's legal representative highlighted that a special bench, led by Justice A S Bopanna and Justice Trivedi, had previously heard arguments in this case. Due to Justice Bopanna's unavailability on Monday, the counsel requested the case to be rescheduled for a hearing on a different date.
Justice Trivedi emphasized the need to consider whether to maintain the interim order, stating that it cannot be extended for an extended period. The counsel for Jain requested the bench to schedule the case for a hearing in the following week. In adjourning the matter until December 11, the bench stated, "The interim order will persist."
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had previously asserted that Satyendar Kumar Jain, a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), consistently sought adjournments in the trial court, citing the pendency of his bail plea before the Supreme Court. The investigative agency alleged that Jain had obtained as many as 16 adjournments from the trial court.
On May 26, the Supreme Court temporarily released Jain on bail for medical reasons, allowing him six weeks to seek treatment in a private hospital at his own cost, affirming the individual's right to choose their medical care. The ED had detained the AAP leader on May 30 the previous year, accusing him of money laundering through four companies purportedly associated with him. The arrest was made in connection with a CBI FIR filed against him in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Jain, denying the accusations, had been granted ordinary bail by the trial court on September 6, 2019, in relation to the case filed by the CBI. The legal proceedings continue as the Supreme Court examines the details of the case and the petitioner's plea for bail.
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