Bombay High Court (HC) has granted temporary bail to Kolkata businessman Kashinath Tapuriah,an alleged aide of Pune stud farm-owner Hasan Ali,who is accused of laundering crores of rupees.
The bail granted on medical ground is for three months. Tapuriah,who was arrested in March 2011,will be released on a surety of Rs 50,000.
Justice S C Dharmadhikari,who passed the order on April 25,referred to reports of the chief medical officer,Mumbai Central Prison,that Tapuriah required long-term care and multi-specialty treatment.
I am of the opinion that there is no reason to discard the certificates/medical reports, he said.
The judge noted that Tapuriah was a known case of heart disease,atrophy of the brain and frequent infections of the urinary and respiratory tracts. He also noted that at times,he suffered blackouts.
In these circumstances,it is not possible to agree with (CBI) that only in an extreme medical emergency,such an application (for bail) should be granted, justice Dharmadhikari said.
Tapuriah is alleged to have helped Hasan Ali obtain a fake passport and operate his Swiss bank accounts.