Delhi Waqf Board Case: HC Grants Interim Bail to Daud Nasir

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The Delhi High Court recently granted interim bail for 15 days to Daud Nasir, accused in the Delhi Waqf Board money laundering case, citing his wife’s impending surgery following an accident. The trial court issued his release warrant after verifying his wife’s medical records.

The case pertains to the purchase of a property in Okhla for Rs 36 crore, with Rs 27 crore allegedly paid in cash, believed to be ill-gotten money.

Court’s Observation

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma, considering the facts and counsels’ submissions, approved Nasir’s interim bail. The court ordered, “Subject to the applicant providing fresh documents regarding the date of his wife’s surgery, the trial court shall release him on interim bail for fifteen days, at least two days before the scheduled surgery.”

The trial court accepted his bail bonds until May 29, and as per the High Court’s order, Nasir must surrender to the Tihar Jail Superintendent on May 30.

Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, representing Nasir, informed the court about his wife’s accident and spine injury.

Bail Plea Rejected

Nasir’s previous bail application was rejected by the trial court on February 22, 2024. The court noted that Nasir had acknowledged signatures on a certificate concerning the purchase of properties in Tikona Park, Jamia Nagar, Delhi, for Rs 13.40 crore. However, discrepancies between the sale agreement and the advance receipt cum agreement raised concerns about the source of funds.

The investigation into the predicate offences in the FIR related to Nasir’s case is ongoing, the court observed. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet in the matter.

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