At the CBI court, Deshmukh’s legal team cited the Bombay High Court's order granting him bail in the money laundering case and observing Waze’s statement is unreliable
The CBI's counsel told the court there is enough evidence against Anil Deshmukh. Pic/Bipin Kokate
A special CBI court on Friday denied bail to former home minister Anil Deshmukh in the Rs 100-crore extortion and IPS transfer posting case. The statement of the approver, suspended assistant police inspector Sachin Waze, plays an important role in the case and it cannot be overlooked at the stage of bail hearing, the court noted.
At the CBI court, Deshmukh’s legal team cited the Bombay High Court's order granting him bail in the money laundering case and observing Waze’s statement is unreliable.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), said the CBI's case is different from that of the Enforcement Directorate. In the CBI's case, Waze has become an approver and there is enough evidence against Deshmukh.
The special court said, "It is clear that huge money was involved in the case, which is also affecting the Indian economy. A murder may be committed in the heat of the moment, but this is not the case in economic offences.”
Deshmukh was first arrested by the ED in a money laundering case in November 2021. Earlier this month, granting him bail, the HC stated that the ED's entire case hinges on Waze's statement. The HC also noted that Waze's statement about former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh accepting money for postings prima facie appears to be hearsay. The ED challenged the bail in the Supreme Court, but it upheld the HC order.
Deshmukh is still incarcerated since his arrest in the CBI case in April this year.