Leaked documents case: CBI court refuses bail to Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer

Special CBI Judge Vimal Kumar Yadav rejected Daga's bail application stating that the investigation was inconclusive and that Daga may influence the probe.

A Delhi Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of Anand Daga – former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer – who was arrested in connection with alleged leaks of documents connected to the ongoing probe against Deshmukh.

Special CBI Judge Vimal Kumar Yadav rejected Daga’s bail application stating that the investigation was inconclusive and that Daga may influence the probe.

“It is evident that investigation is still inconclusive. Recoveries connect the applicant accused with the alleged offences and given the fact that the applicant/accused himself being a lawyer, and being well acquainted with the legal process and facing allegations of serious nature; it cannot be ruled out that he may try to scuttle or influence the investigation, which is not confined to a particular geographical area,” the order read.

On the last date of hearing, Daga was sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Daga’s bail plea was argued by his lawyer, Tanvir Ahmed Mir, who told the court not “only the police interrogation was complete, but substantial investigation is also completed.”

Mir said he was “not in a position to influence witnesses who were officials and the applicant was not in a position to approach them.” He submitted that all the recoveries in this case have been made and that Daga was “not in a position to tamper with the evidence”.

The CBI opposed Daga’s bail by submitting that the investigation was still in a nascent stage, “therefore, he does not deserve to be released at this stage”.

The agency submitted that there was an enormous amount of data which had to be analysed.

CBI prosecutor Tajvinder Singh argued that “the complicity of other persons cannot be ruled out in this case”.

He opposed the argument that Daga was “well heeled and having roots in society” by submitting that it “casts a duty on him to be not only a law abiding citizen,but further the cause of justice whereas the allegations against him reflect a contrary behaviour.”

Daga had been arrested by the agency along with CBI sub inspector Abhishek Tiwari.

The action against Tiwari and Daga comes after the leak last weekend of the purported Preliminary Enquiry (PE) report of the CBI, which found that no cognizable offence was made out against Deshmukh on the allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in the Bombay High Court.

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