New Delhi: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to grant urgent stay on the bail granted to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in the Patra Chawl scam case.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had moved HC seeking stay on his release. However, the HC is now set to hear the plea on Thursday.
Notably, Raut and another accused Pravin Raut were granted bail by the special court earlier on Wednesday which refused an application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking the court to stay the order till Friday.
The ED had then moved the Bombay High Court seeking an interim stay on the release order.
A single-judge bench of Justice Bharati Dangre refused to grant an urgent stay and noted that it cannot pass such an order when bail is granted, without first hearing both parties.
“I have not even looked at the order. I don’t know on what grounds the bail has been granted. I don’t know on what grounds you (ED) have challenged the order. How can I grant a stay now without even hearing the parties…even if I have to make a prima facie order now,” news agency PTI quoted Justice Dangre as saying.
However, the bench said it would hear the ED’s plea seeking cancellation of the bail granted on Thursday.
“If after hearing, I pass an order cancelling the bail then the accused persons can be taken back in custody,” Justice Dangre said.