Citing humanitarian grounds, a special court on Tuesday permitted Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal to visit his ailing wife and private doctors for treatment and will be escorted by police guards.
The 75-year-old was arrested on September 1, 2023 by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which claimed that he had laundered money, siphoning off loans given to Jet Airways by Canara Bank to the tune of Rs 538.62 crore.
The court on Saturday had heard his bail application when Goyal sought to make submissions before it personally.
The court had noted that Goyal appeared before it with “continuous tremors in his whole body and hands” and submitted that his condition was “precarious” due to several ailments. Goyal had also said that there was no use of referring him to the state-run J J Hospital as his journey to the hospital was “troublesome, hectic and tedious which he cannot bear and sustain”.
Goyal had also said his wife Anita was in advanced stages of a chronic ailment and was undergoing treatment and that there was none to look after her as their only daughter was also suffering from health issues. Goyal said he had “lost every hope of life and better he should die rather keeping him alive in such a situation and he had no hope for any future”. The court assured him of medical assistance. Goyal’s lawyers then moved a plea seeking permission to access specialist doctors for his ailments.
“…the Court has considered the reality and genuineness in the submissions made by the accused. In the background of his natural, genuine submission and the limitation inside Arthur Road Jail to meet his health issues and assisting him every time, no prejudice will be caused if he is permitted to attend his private doctors and get himself examined, diagnosed properly and correctly and fixing the schedule of treatment by his private doctor,” special Judge M G Deshpande said on Tuesday.
While the ED opposed the plea stating that he can be permitted treatment in public hospitals, the court said that it can depute their officers when Goyal is taken to the hospitals for checkups. The court also took into consideration that Goyal’s wife was suffering from cancer. The court said that these grounds made for an “exceptional situation”.
“Considering this exceptional situation, I am of the opinion that empathy warrants to consider the prayer of accused Mr. Naresh Goyal to meet ends of justice on humanitarian ground. ED can depute their staff to monitor this process, so that there will be no activity which would be allegedly detrimental to their case,” the court said.
It allowed him to meet five specialist doctors and to visit his wife for one day. The court gave directions to the doctors that Goyal should not be admitted directly to the hospitals without taking permission of the court.