The Supreme Court on Friday granted imprisoned Satyendar Jain, a former Delhi minister, a six-week temporary bail on medical grounds, saying it was “appropriate that a citizen should have the right to receive treatment of his choice at his own expense”.

The order from the recess bench for Judges JK Maheshwari and PS Narasimha came a day after Jain was admitted to the intensive care unit of Lok Nayak Hospital after falling inside the prison bathroom. A picture released by the Delhi government on Thursday showed Jain looking weak on oxygen support.

Seat said he had “no reason to doubt” Jain’s health report on May 4 from GB Pant Institute of Higher Medical Education and Research, New Delhi. Details of the news were not immediately known.

“We believe it appropriate that a citizen should have the right to receive treatment of his choice, at his own expense, in a private hospital. We therefore consider it appropriate to release the petitioner on temporary bail on medical grounds for a limited period of six weeks,” the court ordered and fixed for the hearing Next on July 10.

However, the court imposed certain conditions on Jane for the bail period.

“Petitioner shall not influence and meet with any of the witnesses (in the ED case), which are identified in the witness list…will not leave the NCR area without the permission of the trial court…during interim bail and all papers for remedy shall be provided.” relevant and prognosticated in such treatment before this court.”

The bench also asked Jain to “refrain from appearing in front of print or electronic media or any social media platform to give any statement on any issue during the period of temporary bail.”

Jain has been in Tihar jail since May last year after the Enforcement Directorate arrested him on money laundering charges.

His lawyer, chief advocate, A.M. Singhvi, told the court on Friday that the former minister had been suffering from spine problems along with muscular atrophy and had dropped by 33 kilograms in weight. He told the court that he did not address the merits of the ED v Jain case but only asked for bail on medical grounds.

Appearing at the ED, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju opposed bail for Jain saying he should first be assessed by a medical team from AIIMS. He told the court that he had suspicions about the Lok Nayak Hospital, where Jain was admitted, and that there were notes indicating that records there could be falsified.

“Let it be assessed by an independent medical board at the AIIMS. If this is done, let this report come in, it can be looked at…,” Raju said, adding that Jain was the health and prisons minister and “we have serious concerns” about medical reports from hospitals that It is run by the Delhi government.

Raju also told the court that Jain had earlier also asked for bail on medical grounds but withdrew it when the emergency manager suggested he be examined by a panel of doctors at AIIMS. He said the health condition of the former minister, who belongs to the Jain community, is not new and that he has lost weight due to his continuous fasting in prison.

The court said it was inclined to consider granting temporary bail to Jane, and said it would consider his evaluation by an independent medical team after it receives other medical reports on his treatment.


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