Excise case: Delhi High Court issues notice to ED on bizman Arun Pillai's bail plea [3.6.2024]

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on a plea moved by Hyderabad-based businessman Arun Ramchandra Pillai seeking interim bail on medical grounds.

Arun Ramchandra Pillai is presently in judicial custody and was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the Delhi Excise Policy case.

The bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma sought a response from ED and listed the matter for June 10, 2024. He was represented by Advocate Nitesh Rana and Advocate Deepak Nagar in the matter.

According to the application copy, the applicant has been suffering from a history of lower back aches radiating up to limbs for the past eight years.

"The applicant also has a history of two episodes of fall causing damage to his back, one thirteen years ago, and the second around four years ago. He also has a history of Tuberculosis (Lymph node). The applicant went through a treatment for tuberculosis in 2011," it stated.

The fresh application moved by Arun Ramchandra Pillai seeking court direction to grant interim bail to the applicant on medical grounds for eight weeks.

Recently the Delhi High Court had kept the order reserved on Pillai's plea challenging the trial court order allowing CBI to resume arguments on charges in the Delhi Excise Policy case.

"In the matter, appearing for Central Bureau of Investigation, Advocate DP Singh informed the court that they are set to file a charge sheet in the case in the first week of June," noted the CBI submissions.

The bench of Justice Swarna Kanta Sharma reserved the order in the matter.

Pillai through plea stated that even after the lapse of more than 15 months, the investigation is still not concluded and now the prosecution under the garb of "expeditious trial" cannot be permitted to prejudice the present petitioner.

It also stated that BRS Leader K Kavitha was also arrested by the CBI in which charge sheet is yet to be filed in the coming days.

03 Jun 2024