Unitech Ltd promoter Sanjay Chandra, in jail for about three years since his arrest on charges of siphoning homebuyers’ money, was on Tuesday granted interim bail by the Supreme Court on humanitarian grounds, to attend to his parents who have contracted Covid-19.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah ordered that he be released on interim bail of 30 days from the date of his actual release.
“Having heard counsel, we are of the view that a case for the grant of interim bail has been made out on humanitarian grounds since both parents of the applicant (Chandra) have tested positive for COVID-19 and having regard to their advanced age,” the court said.
It clarified that the “order is being passed only on the basis of these facts and circumstances”.
The court asked Chandra to deposit his passport with the trial court and to report to the nearest local police station every Sunday.
He has to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh and surrender immediately on the expiry of the 30-day period.
Chandra, who has been in judicial custody since August 17, 2017, had approached the SC seeking relief, pointing out that his father and mother were hospitalised with Covid-19.
Appearing for him, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted that Chandra’s 81-year-old father had been admitted to the ICU and his mother is also of advanced age.
The SC has on earlier occasions denied bail to Chandra and his brother, stating that they are yet to comply with its October 30, 2017 direction asking them to deposit Rs 750 crore with the court’s Registry.
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