The Supreme Court on Monday directed former police officer Pradeep Sharma, arrested in connection with the Antilia bomb scare case and the killing of businessman Mansukh Hiran, to file a fresh application seeking interim bail.
A vacation bench of Justices Bela M Trivedi and Prashant Kumar Mishra took note of the submission of Additional Solicitor General S V Raju that Sharma was seeking interim bail without filing an interlocutory application (application in appeal already instituted).
Bail sought on humanitarian grounds
As the hearing commenced, the counsel appearing for Sharma sought interim bail on humanitarian grounds and said the wife of the petitioner has developed serious complications after a surgery. He claimed the condition of Sharma's wife was deteriorating with each passing day, and he was seeking interim bail for the limited purpose of taking care of her.
The submission was strongly opposed by the ASG who said Sharma’s wife has been meeting him often in the hospital. The case will now be heard on June 5.
The top court had on May 18 issued notice on Sharma’s plea challenging an order of the Bombay High Court which had refused to grant him bail. The HC had expressed anguish at the manner in which the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had probed the case.
It had noted that the NIA’s probe was silent on the co-conspirators involved with dismissed policeman Sachin Waze in planting gelatin sticks in an SUV parked outside the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.
On February 25, 2021, an explosives-laden SUV was found near Mukesh Ambani’s residence Antilia in south Mumbai. Businessman Hiran, who was in possession of the SUV, was found dead in a creek in neighbouring Thane on March 5 last year.