The Supreme Court has granted bail to Madhya Pradesh’s famous Vyapam scam whistleblower Anand Rai in a criminal case. He was in jail since November 15 last year.
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The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to Dr Anand Rai, the ‘whistle blower’ of the Vyapam scam. He was arrested on charges of alleged violence during a sit-in demonstration. Earlier, his bail plea was rejected by the trial court and the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He is accused of being part of the mob that attacked the convoy of the local MP, some MLAs and the District Collector in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh. The incident is said to have happened on November 15 last year.
Supreme Court grants bail to ‘whistle blower’ of Vyapam scam
Dr. Anand Rai, considered the whistle blower of the Vyapam scam, got a big relief from the Supreme Court on Friday. He was arrested on November 15 last year. On November 17, 2022, the trial court judge refused to grant bail. Not only this, on December 12, 2022, the Madhya Pradesh High Court also rejected his bail application in a criminal case, after which he reached the Supreme Court for bail. Senior advocates had reached the Supreme Court to plead for his bail in the Supreme Court.
‘How long are you going to keep them inside?’
In the Supreme Court, a bench of CJI DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha granted bail to Rai on the basis of ‘period of custody and facts and circumstances of the case’. While granting his bail, CJI Chandrachud asked the State of Madhya Pradesh, ‘This person is an eye specialist. He says that he is also a whistle blower in the Vyapam scam. The allegation is that he was part of the mob that attacked the Collector. How long will you keep them inside?’
Tushar Mehta rubbishes Sibal’s allegations
On this, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Madhya Pradesh government, said, ‘To dispel this impression, there are 4-5 FIRs against him before allegedly blowing this whistle. Meanwhile, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Rai, claimed that he was kept in solitary confinement during his custody. The Solicitor General rejected these allegations outright.
Conditional bail demand rejected by Supreme Court
Stating that Rai was a government employee in the past, Mehta requested the Supreme Court that while granting bail, a condition should be imposed on him that ‘he should not participate in such dharnas’. But, the Supreme Court turned down this request.
Last year also his case reached the Supreme Court
Last year, the Supreme Court had refused to quash yet another FIR filed against Rai under the SC/ST Act. He was accused of allegedly writing obscenities on Facebook against Laxman Markam, deputy secretary to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
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Collector’s convoy was attacked
In the present case, Vikas Pargi of Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh had filed a complaint against Rai and others. According to this, during the protest, stones were pelted against the local MP, some MLAs and the Collector, who had gone to attend a program organized in the memory of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda. According to the FIR, a person involved in the collector’s security was injured. (With PTI inputs, picture courtesy of Anand Rai-anandrai.in)
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The Supreme Court has granted bail to Vyapam scam whistleblower Anand Rai in a criminal case. He is accused of being involved in the mob that attacked the Collector’s convoy
Story first published: Friday, January 13, 2023, 19:29 [IST]