Satyendar Jain, a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and a former cabinet member in the Delhi government, was granted interim release for six weeks by the Supreme Court on Friday.
Jain was granted temporary release for six weeks by a panel of justices led by Justices J.K. Maheshwari and P.S. Narasimha, with the stipulation that the bail be subject to whatever restrictions the trial court imposes.
The court said that Jain should not speak to the media about the matter and emphasised that he should not try to sway any potential witnesses.
The Enforcement Directorate's (ED) request that Jain be assessed by a medical panel in AIIMS first was denied by the top court.
In the second week of July, the supreme court will take up the case and take Jain's medical records into account. Jain was represented by senior attorney Abhishek Manu Singhvi, while the ED was represented by additional solicitor general S.V. Raju.
The supreme court heard testimony from Singhvi on May 18 that his client has severe health issues, has lost over 30 kg, and is now a skeleton.
The Delhi High Court denied Jain and his two assistants' requests for bail in April of this year in connection with a money laundering investigation being conducted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Jain is a powerful individual, according to Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, and cannot be deemed to have met the two requirements for release under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
“The CBI has merely filed a case of disproportionate assets (DA),” the author writes. The legality of these procedures cannot be discussed by the current court. Facts indicate that certain DA were covered up. The court must review the first evidence. According to the wide probability, he controls and manages the businesses that are connected to him. The learned special judge's decision to deny Jain bail is not perverse. The court said that the order was sound.
Since May 30 of last year, Jain has been under arrest. On November 17, 2022, a trial judge denied the leader's request for release.