Justice Jasmeet Singh released Ramesh Chandra on medical grounds and asked him to provide a personal bond to the tune of Rs 25,000 with a surety bond of the like amount.
The court noted that from the medical record, it was evident that Chandra’s condition was quite serious and his ailments have assumed larger proportions on account of age.
In an order dated 28 July, the court noted that he is suffering from cognitive impairment and dementia. He is also in need of cardiological as well as neurological assistance and has had numerous falls, weight loss, memory loss, etc.
The court stated that for the above-mentioned reasons, I am of the view that the petitioner needs to be enlarged on medical bail for a period of eight weeks.
Chandra has been asked by the court not to use any mobile phone and to stay in his house except for visits to the hospital.
Chandra, represented by advocate Vishal Gosain, submitted that he was 85-years-old and has cognitive impairment, neurological and cardiological ailments and was in immediate need of medical attention.
Gosain said that there could be a situation where urgent life-saving medication, oxygen and injection may also be needed but the same will not be available while he is in custody.
In the order, the court asked Chandra not to interact with, or come into contact with any of the prosecution witnesses, or any member of the victim’s family, or tamper with the evidence of the case.
The court also instructed him to inform the investigating officer concerned before leaving and after returning back for every trip to and from the hospital.
However, the Enforcement Directorate told the court that all necessary medication and medical assistance was being given to the accused in jail, and if he is released on medical bail, he would interfere with the investigation.
(With inputs from PTI)
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