Excise scam: Mahendru’s interim bail plea rejected | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Friday dismissed the interim bail application of Sameer Mahendru in a money laundering case in the alleged scam in Delhi Excise Policy.
Mahendru sought bail on medical grounds citing his multiple surgeries from March-August and stated that he had been advised complete bedrest, some post-surgery rehabilitation protocol, daily physiotherapy along with high protein diet etc for speedy recovery from his injuries and its aftereffects.
The court of special judge MK Nagpal stated that it was not satisfied with the grounds for grant of interim bail to him “for any duration simply for taking bedrest or other rehabilitation or physiotherapy sessions at home as most of these activities and rehabilitation sessions can be and are being provided to him in jail dispensary/MI room of the jail concerned”.
Mahendru, in his application said that these facilities were not possible in the jail, where he has been kept in judicial custody.
He was arrested on September 28, 2022 and his bail application was dismissed by the same court on February 16 this year. Later, he also approached Delhi High Court for grant of regular bail and that plea is still pending before the High Court.
The next hearing is scheduled for December 12, 2023.
The court also pointed out that the directions of Delhi High Court already existed for Mahendru to be taken to VNA Hospital for the other specialised therapies or sessions. It also noted that the medical report given by the jail authorities said that the applicant was not showing any signs of improvement from his regular visits.
“Hence,” the court said, “it is also being directed that if the applicant requires or desires any further specialised physiotherapy sessions and rehabilitation process from the Sports Injury Centre of Safdarjung Hospital or any other referral or private hospital, then he may be taken to the said hospital for the same. Needless to say that the above visits of applicant to these hospitals shall be at his own expense and in a specialised ambulance accompanied by a competent doctor and having proper medical facilities, as already directed by the Hon’ble High Court vide its order dated 04.09.2023.”
Noting the CCTV footage showing his fall and his suffering after the fall on the intervening night of September 6-7, and how no attendant or official of the jail had come to help him for around 12-13 minutes, the court observed that this was not acceptable when the jail authorities had been constantly claiming that Mahendru was under supervision and CCTV coverage 24×7. “Hence,” the court said, “it is being directed that one full-time attendant be provided to take care of the applicant by rotation of their duties so that such an incident was not repeated.”

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