Mumbai Live News Today November 25: Justice Makarand S Karnik of the Bombay High Court on Friday recused himself from hearing the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) plea against bail to Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut and his alleged associate, businessman Pravin Raut, in a money laundering case lodged by the central agency. After ASG Anil Singh for ED mentioned matter, Justice Karnik said, “It will not be appropriate for me to take up this matter. Not before me. ” A special court had granted bail to Raut and his alleged aide on November 14 and rapped the ED for the “illegal arrest” in its order. Raut was arrested on August 1 and had been lodged at Arthur Road jail.
In other news, the Supreme Court on Friday will hear the appeal by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) challenging the bail granted to Elgar Parishad case accused Anand Teltumbde by the Bombay High Court. The NIA in its appeal stated that the observations made in the HC order were contrary to what the apex court had said in the past and that observations in the bail order “would influence the trial and investigation”. The HC granted bail to Teltumbde on November 18.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s visit to an astrologer at Mirgaon in Nasik district’s Sinnar tehsil on Wednesday has invited criticism from the Opposition. Shinde had on Wednesday travelled to Shirdi and met an astrologer in Mirgaon. Reacting to this, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, “What is happening is new to all of us. Travelling to Shirdi, by cancelling scheduled programmes, visiting an astrologer, is new to all of us. This is a progressive state, which promotes scientific temper. But we are witnessing contradictory things, but I am sure that the new generation will not accept this.”
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