MUMBAI: Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh was on Wednesday released from Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail after the Bombay high court refused to stay his bail in a corruption case on Tuesday.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader was released after all necessary formalities were completed.
A special court on Wednesday had issued the release order which was taken to jail by his lawyers.
The NCP leader was first arrested in November 2021 by the Enforcement Directorate in a money related case.
Bombay HC denies CBI request to delay bail for former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh
He was subsequently arrested by the CBI.
On Tuesday, the CBI plea for a second extension of the order deferring bail to Deshmukh was declined by Justice SG Chapalgaonkar of the Bombay high court vacation bench.
On December 12, Justice M S Karnik had granted bail on merit to Deshmukh in the Prevention of Corruption Act case filed against him by the CBI.
The bail amount was Rs 1 lakh.
On a request by the agency which wanted to go on appeal, the HC had made its bail order effective from December 22.
Later, it had extended the deferment till December 27 on a CBI plea.
The HC had granted Deshmukh bail earlier in a money laundering case.
The NCD leader Deshmukh was accused of ordering the police to collect Rs 100 crore from orchestra bars owners in the city every month as protection money.
In its bail order, the HC said nothing indicated money was collected from Mumbai’s 1,700-plus bars on the instructions of Deshmukh, except approver and co-accused Sachin Waze’s statement.
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