The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to hear the Enforcement Directorate’s plea seeking cancellation of Shjv Sena MP, Sanjay Raut’s bail plea.
Mumbai,UPDATED: Nov 26, 2022 06:05 IST
ED will now have to approach an alternate bench of the Bombay High Court that could hear its plea.
By Vidya : A bench of the Bombay High Court has refused from hearing the plea filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking cancellation of Shjv Sena Member of Parliament, Sanjay Raut’s bail plea and that of his front man Pravin Raut.
On Friday, the bench of Justice MS Karnik said “It would not be appropriate for me to take up this matter. So yes, not before me.” While refusing to hear a case, a bench is not bound to give a reason, but it is considered that a judge might have been associated with one or the other party, or their lawyers so they refused from hearing the case.
ED will now have to approach an alternate bench of the Bombay High Court that could hear its plea which could probably be done in the coming week.
In the meantime, Sanjay Raut has filed a reply to the ED plea and vehemently opposed it.
ED in their plea stated that the trial court while granting bail “has not considered the seriousness, magnitude and extent of the economic offence” committed by the accused. The plea said that the “agency is still investigating the offence and in the process of unearthing more proceeds of crime. At this juncture, no case is no made out for enlarging” the accused on bail.
The agency in its plea has prayed for the bail order of special Judge MG Deshpande be quashed and set aside and pending the hearing and final disposal of their application, in the event the accused is released, he may be taken in custody.
Special judge Deshpande, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act had granted bail to both Sanjay Raut and Pravin Raut earlier this month while castigating the agency for the way it works.
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