Consider two other questions first.

Will Abhisheikh Jha, husband, and businessman of high-profile Jharkhand cadre IAS officer Pooja Singhal who is in jail in a money laundering case probed by the Enforcement Directorate, surrender? 

Or, the top court will interim grant bail to him?

These questions are in the public domain after the Supreme Court on Friday declined to consider a plea for anticipatory bail filed by Abhishek Jha.

The court said the matter may be put before a bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul which had earlier granted interim bail to the petitioner's wife Puja Singhal.

Jha has challenged the validity of the High Court order of May 18, refusing to exercise the discretion of granting him anticipatory bail under section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

A vacation bench of the SC comprising Justices Surya Kant and M M Sundresh had fixed the petition for consideration on July 5.

This means Jha will wait for the apex court’s final verdict before he takes any legal action. Legal experts say that the accused Puja Singhal who has been denied bail by the higher judiciary is in jail, and can not be permitted to share space at the Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi.

The ED’s prosecution complaint against Singhal and her husband Abhishek Jha, who owns Pulse Hospital in Ranchi, where much of the “proceeds of crime” was allegedly used.

The ED’s probe revealed that super specialty Pulse Hospital, owned by Abhishek Jha, was established in 2010-11 with proceeds of crime pertaining to money laundering allegedly indulged in by Puja Singhal.

While the real value of this hospital was kept at a very low, the ED did an independent valuation of land, plant, and machinery. The total value stood at Rs 70 crores.

So far the possible answer to the first question -If Abhisheikh Jha goes to jail, will he get a chance to see his wife Puja Singh share space or meet each other inside Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi ?-is concerned, the answer is no.

The right to see a spouse, as well as most other rights enjoyed by law-abiding citizens, are automatically suspended when they are imprisoned for having been accused of committing crimes in the country.

But then, the couple can take permission from concerned jail authorities for their conjugal visits.


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