New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on the plea of Karim Morani, a Bollywood producer who is in Tihar jail in connection with 2G scam, seeking interim bail for four weeks on health grounds. (Agencies)
"The order is reserved," Justice Ajit Bharihoke said after hearing brief arguments on behalf of 53-year-old Morani and CBI which opposed his bail application.
During the hearing, the court took a serious note of Morani's plea that his confinement may have adverse impact on his health as the doctors have advised him to "avoid stress".
Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Morani, said his client has had a history of disease relating to coronary arteries and he be granted interim bail for four weeks to consult his doctors.
"Do you want to say that such persons, who are suffering from such ailments, can have a license to commit offence and remain out on bail?" Justice Bharihoke said. The court asked the counsel for Morani to clarify his stand on the plea saying "earlier, you withdrew your plea for grant of regular bail and now the application for interim bail cannot be used for remaining out."
"Grant me the bail for four weeks and I wish to surrender after consulting my doctors," Luthra responded.
Earlier, a three-member board, consisting of doctors of G B Pant Hospital here, submitted its report on the condition of Morani and acknowledged his medical history.
The report, however, said other medical tests were required to form a definite opinion on the line of treatment.
CBI opposed the plea of Morani on the ground that he has had no serious health problems after his coronary arteries bypass grafting (CABG) surgery conducted in 2007. Quoting from one of the status reports of CBI, the prosecutor said the blood pressure and pulse rate of Morani were normal and even his cardiac problems did not require his hospitalisation and there was no significant abnormality of the cardiovascular system.
A special CBI court had ordered the arrest of Morani, who has been accused of facilitating the routing of Rs 200 crore of bribe from a firm promoted by Shahid Usman Balwa to DMK-run Kalaignar TV, after dismissing his bail plea on May 30.
CBI has accused Morani of taking Rs six crore for facilitating the transaction of illegal gratification to Kalaignar TV.
Besides Morani, 13 persons, including DMK MP Kanimozhi who holds a stake in Kalaignar TV, have been arrested in the case.
Three companies, Swan Telecom, Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd and Reliance Telecom Ltd, have also been named as accused in the case.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on the plea of Karim Morani, a Bollywood producer who is in Tihar jail in connection with 2G scam, seeking interim bail for four weeks on health grounds.