A special PMLA court last week ordered a bedridden 69-year-old HDIL promoter Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan, in jail since 2019 in a money laundering case, to be immediately moved to JJ hospital and to be continuously attended to by a ward boy.
Rakesh Kumar has multiple ailments, leaving him unable to take care of himself and wheelchair-bound. Special judge MG Deshpande said no prejudice will be caused to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) if the plea of the accused to move to hospital is allowed.
“On the contrary if the application is rejected, certainly it will leave the applicant at the mercy of the God without acknowledging his rights being an undertrial prisoner. The court cannot become mute spectator and ignore the precarious health of the applicant. Therefore, I am of the opinion that immediate hospitalization of the applicant is necessary from the point of paramount consideration of his health issues, which will be the proper answer for his condition,” the special judge said.
The court said two cops should be deputed. All expenses are to be borne by the accused.