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Bombay HC grants bail to former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh – The Indian Express

The Bombay High Court Monday granted bail to former Maharashtra home minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh in a corruption case lodged by the CBI.

Justice Makarand S Karnik of the HC concluded the hearing on Thursday and reserved its order on Deshmukh’s appeal challenging a special CBI court decision that denied him bail.

Granted bail in a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate, Deshmukh remains in custody only in the CBI case. He was arrested in November last year by the ED and subsequently by the CBI.

It may be mentioned here that the High Court granted bail to him in the ED case on October 4.

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On Thursday, Senior advocate Vikram Chaudhari, appearing for Deshmukh, had questioned the “quality of evidence” that was based on Waze’s statements on the grounds that he had been made an approver in the case.

Justice Karnik began hearing Deshmukh’s bail plea on Tuesday and Chaudhari told the judge there was an “umbilical cord connection” between the CBI and ED cases and that the bail order in the money-laundering case had considered evidence in both cases as well as the former minister’s age and ailments.