SC grants interim bail to AAP's Satyendar Jain on medical grounds

Bail has been granted for six weeks

Satyendar Jain bail Jailed AAP leader and former Delhi minister Satyendar Jain during his treatment at a hospital after he reportedly faced a spine problem in New Delhi | PTI

The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to former minister and AAP leader Satyendar Jain for six weeks on medical grounds. Jain on Thursday was admitted to Delhi's Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital after he collapsed inside the Tihar jail.

The order was passed by a vacation bench comprising Justice J.K. Maheshwari and Justice P.S. Narasimha.

He was granted bail by the top court to get treated in a private hospital of his choice. The bail was set to conditions by the apex court.

Jain shall not go the media "to make any statement on any issue", the bench said. He was also asked not to influence the witnesses.

The next hearing in the case is set on July 11. The latest medical reports of the Jain would be considered by the bench as well.

Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for Jain, said that he had lost 35 kg and he was suffering from spine-related issues. While, additional solicitor general S.V. Raju, appearing for the ED, sought Jain's examination by an independent panel of doctors at the AIIMS. "He was the Health Minister, these hospitals were under him. The medical records can be fudged. Let him be examined by a panel of doctors from AIIMS or Delhi. If the report is in his favour, I will concede," said ASG.

Raju also added that till May 13, he was fit and on the next day, he suddenly developed illness. 

Singhvi said that LNJP hospital is the mandatory referral hospital for Tihar Jail.

However, the bench said that they will look into the matter for the next hearing.

Earlier, Jain, who has been lodged at Tihar Jail since his arrest in connection with a money laundering case, was taken to the Safdarjung Hospital for a neuro consultation for his spinal injuries.

ED had arrested Jain on May 30 last year in the aftermath of a CBI FIR registered against him in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.


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