In a money laundering case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate, the Supreme Court on Friday (May 26) granted interim bail to former Delhi minister Satyendar Jain until July 11 on medical grounds.
A bench of Justices JK Maheswari and PS Narasimha allowed Jain to undergo treatment in a hospital of his choice and asked him to produce medical records by July 10. It directed Jain to not talk to the media during his interim bail period.
Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for Jain, said the former minister has lost 35 kg and is suffering with a spine problem. Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the ED, sought Jain’s examination by a panel of doctors at the AIIMS or Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here and said that if the medical reports suggest treatment, then the probe agency will not oppose it.
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The bench said it would look into examination of Jain by doctors of AIIMS or RML hospital on the next date of hearing. The ED had arrested Jain on May 30 last year on the charge of laundering money through four companies allegedly linked to him.
The agency had arrested Jain in the aftermath of a CBI FIR registered against him in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act. He was granted regular bail by the trial court on September 6, 2019 in the case registered by the CBI.
On Thursday, he had collapsed in the Tihar Jail due to dizziness, prompting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to target the Centre over his deteriorating health.
The former Delhi minister was first admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital and later shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital due to breathing problems.
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Sources in the AAP had said that Jain was shifted to the ICU of the LNJP Hospital and he was “critically ill”. “His medical condition is being investigated,” a hospital source said and added that doctors are constantly monitoring his condition.
This is the second time in a week that the former minister has been taken to a hospital. Jain has been in Tihar jail since his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case in May last year.
The LNJP Hospital is the largest hospital under the Delhi government. Jain was brought to the emergency department of the LNJP Hospital and doctors examined him, a senior doctor at the hospital had said on Thursday. “Jain has some spinal issues. In the past too he was brought to LNJP Hospital to undergo treatment for it,” he had said.
The former minister collapsed in a bathroom of the Tihar Jail due to dizziness. Earlier too, Jain had fallen in the bathroom and had a serious spinal injury, the AAP said.
(With agency inputs)