New Delhi, Sep 6 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday extended the interim bail of excise policy case accused Benoy Babu on humanitarian grounds till September 19.
Pernod Ricard India official Babu, who is an accused in a money laundering case related to the alleged excise policy scam, moved the High Court challenging Delhi's Rouse Avenue court’s Special Judge, M.K. Nagpal’s order denying him extension of interim bail.
The interim bail was initially granted for two weeks starting from August 26 for his daughter's surgery related to a sinus problem. He was directed to surrender at Tihar jail on September 9.
Even though Nagpal had denied Babu interim bail extension, he had permitted him to make two video calls of 30 minutes each every week to his family for four weeks on humanitarian grounds.
It was prayed before Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma for interim bail to be extended claiming that Babu’s minor daughters have been suffering from depression for the last few months and he could take care of his children if granted the extension.
The judge while extending interim bail clarified that since the relief is purely on “humanitarian grounds”, no further extension of interim bail shall be sought on the ground of the medical condition of his daughters.
Appearing for Babu, senior advocates Vikas Pahwa and Mohit Mathur urged the court to extend the relief by three weeks on humanitarian grounds, and said that he was asking for extension only on account of the medical condition of his children.
“Nowadays many children die by suicide under stress,” Mathur said while seeking the relief.
On the other hand, The Enforcement Directorate (ED)’s counsel Zoheb Hossain took objection to the plea saying that interim bail cannot be extended on this ground and if it is done, others will also ask for relief on such grounds.
On Monday, Nagpal had denied interim bail extension stating that Babu was involved in a serious case and dismissed his application seeking a three-week extension of bail on the grounds of his daughter's medical condition.
The judge had observed that his daughter's surgery had already been performed, and that the prescription slips for his daughter did not warrant an extension of interim bail.
The ED had opposed the request for an extension, arguing that it was an attempt to prolong his bail.