The Supreme Court on Monday granted regular bail to Congress leader Rasheed Masood, who had become the first lawmaker to get disqualified from Parliament after his conviction and four-year-jail term in a corruption case.
A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra granted bail to Masood, 67, after taking into account his advanced age and medial conditions, besides the fact that decision on his appeal against the conviction was going to take time.
Laying down conditions of bail, the bench asked Masood to remain confined to Uttar Pradesh and the National Capital Region, and furnish a bond of Rs 2 lakh with two sureties of the same amount.
Masood, a Rajya Sabha MP, was sentenced to four years in jail in September 2013 by a CBI court in Delhi that held him guilty of fraudulently nominating from the central pool undeserving candidates to MBBS seats.
Soon thereafter, the Rajya Sabha secretariat issued a notification formally announcing a vacancy in the Upper House following Masood’s disqualification.
The convicted Congress leader became the first MP to lose his seat after the Supreme Court struck down a provision that protected a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the ground of pendency of his appeal in superior courts.