A special court on Monday arrested former Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case after serving 13 days in custody since his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) earlier this month. The court ordered that he be given a bed in the prison given his age and ailments, but did not allow him to eat from home. Instead, the court ordered him to “try” prison food first and upheld his pleadings for the same.
Deshmukh’s lawyer, Inderpal Singh, applied for a bed to be provided in the prison because he has a back problem and cannot sleep on the floor.
The judge was referring to the medical reports from JJ Hospital on November 12th when Deshmukh was rushed to the hospital before he was brought before the court. The court found that he had complained of lower back pain for many years and ordered the prison authorities to provide him with a bed.
The NCP leader, through his advocate Aniket Nikam, also advocated home-cooked meals in prison. Attorney Nikam argued that Deshmukh was 73 years old and had several food restrictions. He was also recently infected with Covid, said Nikam.
The special judge HS Satbhai said that many defendants with complaints were not allowed to eat home-made meals and that everyone would request this if an exception was made. Judge Satbhai suggested that Deshmukh try the prison food. Attorney Nikam argued that this was like “making you suffer and then asking you to make the plea”. However, the court kept the lawsuit pending.
Posted on Tuesday November 16, 2021 8:36 am IST