The Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi on Tuesday denied interim medical bail to Benoy Babu, an official of liquor giant Pernod Ricard, in the money laundering case linked to the Delhi excise policy case.
The court observed that it was not a suitable case for the grant of interim bail for a period of 4.5 months on medical grounds and the accused is in custody in a serious case.
The special judge, M K Nagpal, however, permitted Benoy Babu to seek treatment from any private doctor or hospital of his choice in Delhi or the Delhi NCR area. The court also directed the jail authorities to ensure that Babu is taken to the designated doctor or hospital as per his appointment.
All expenses incurred on private treatment of the applicant, including those on transportation and security, shall be paid by Babu or his family, the court stated.
The court emphasised that it cannot ignore the fact that Babu is in custody in a serious money laundering case. Allegations suggest his active involvement and direct association with laundering proceeds of crime generated through the criminal activities in the scheduled offences case of the CBI, the court noted.
The court further stated that the existence of a first impression (prima facie) case against him, and his involvement in the present case, was substantiated by the fact that his regular bail application had already been dismissed not only by the Rouse Avenue court but also by the High Court. The bail plea is currently pending before the Supreme Court.
The court asserted that medical bail should be granted only in exceptional cases and when it becomes absolutely necessary.
Babu was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on November 10, 2022, and is presently in judicial custody.