2G case: Morani’s interim bail plea rejected (Lead)

July 19th, 2011 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday rejected the interim bail plea of Cineyug Films founder Karim Morani, who is in jail for his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam.

Seeking relief for Morani on health grounds, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra earlier told the court: “My client has a history of disease relating to coronary arteries and he be granted an interim bail for four weeks to consult his doctors.”

“On perusal of the report from the board of doctors of G.B Pant Hospital, the medical condition of the petitioner appears to be stable and he has been advised to continue treatment and precaution as recommended to him at the time of discharge from hospital June 24,” said Justice Ajit Bharihoke.

The court said the report did not suggest that his medical condition could not be managed in Tihar Jail hospital.

“The condition of the petitioner is stable and it is being properly managed by medication. Thus, I do not find it a fit case for grant of interim bail on medical grounds, particularly when the release of the petitioner for period of four to six weeks would not change his medical history or situation,” said the court in its 11-page order.

“Application is accordingly dismissed,” said Justice Bharihoke.

Justice Bharihoke July 14 reserved his order on Morani’s application.

The court June 23 directed Tihar Jail authorities to submit a fresh medical report on Morani. The decison of his bail plea was deferred thereafter.

Morani was admitted to the G.B. Pant Hospital June 23 and discharged the next day.

The court directed the jail superintendent and the medical officer in charge of the jail hospital to ensure proper treatment for Morani.

“The petitioner may be provided with medical facilities as per the advice of the treating doctors at G.B. Pant Hospital and in case of need, he may be transferred as in-patient for seeking treatment,” the court directed Tihar officials.

The Central Bureau of Investigation named Morani as a co-conspirator in a charge sheet after it traced an illegal money trail of Rs.214 crore in the scam.

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