A judge of the Bombay High Court on Monday recused from hearing the bail plea of Hasan Ali Khan,a Pune-based businessman who is facing charges of money laundering and stashing huge amount of black money in foreign banks. Justice Abhay Thipsay said he had granted bail to Ali on earlier application,which was set aside by the Supreme Court.
The previous application for bail filed by the applicant was heard by me… On August 12,2011,I granted Hasan Ali bail. The order was challenged in the apex court which quashed it, Justice Thipsay said.
There is a likelihood of certain similar grounds cropping again during the hearing of the fresh bail plea. I think the matter should be dealt with by some other bench, the judge said,though senior advocate Amit Desai,appearing for Ali,said the present plea was on different grounds. After the apex court quashed the 2011 HC order granting bail,Ali filed another bail plea on fresh grounds; but Justice R C Chavan,in March,rejected it,so he moved the apex court. The SC,in June,directed the HC to hear his petition afresh. Justice Thipsay directed the registry to place the matter before another bench.