Ranchi, May 16: Former water resources minister Kamlesh Singh was today granted bail on health grounds by Jharkhand High Court in a case registered by the enforcement directorate, making him the first among the tainted leaders in the Madhu Koda cabinet to come out of prison.
Singhís counsel Y.V. Giri argued before the court that he had been implicated because of a political conspiracy hatched by his opponents.
Singh is behind bars facing prosecution by the ED for allegedly amassing assets worth Rs 4.40 crore through illegal means by misusing his office. He is in custody since November 2009.
Singhís counsel, however, informed the court that he was suffering from a tumour in the brain that needed specialised treatment. Singhís ailment could not be treated in the jail hospital, the counsel argued.
The court granted bail to the former minister considering his medical condition.
Apart from Singh, his former cabinet colleagues Harinarayan Rai, Anosh Ekka and Madhu Koda are behind bars.
The former minister was also granted bail on December 13, 2010, after he was implicated in a disproportionate assets case that was being probed by the CBI. The CBI had lodged a case against him on the instructions of the high court through a public interest litigation filed by Durga Oraon.
On December 16, 2010, the ED took him on remand in a case of money laundering and kept him in custody. The counsel for the ED had told the court that Singh had acquired ill-gotten money and had invested tainted money, which makes him guilty under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The high court also granted provisional bail to Arvind Vyas, a hawala operator and a co-accused in the infamous money laundering scam involving Koda and his aides, for the treatment of inter-vertebral disc disorder, due to which he is said to be suffering severe back ache.
Vyas, who has been granted bail till June 28, has to surrender the next day.