New Delhi: A Supreme Court judge on Friday
recused herself from hearing the bail plea of former Jharkhand
Minister Enos Ekka, who was arrested in 2009 in connection
with a disproportionate assets case.
A bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan
Sudha Misra declined to hear the petition filed by Ekka and
said that the matter be listed before another bench.
As soon as senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi stood up to
argue the case on behalf of Ekka, Justice Misra expressed her
reservation in hearing the case and recused herself.
Ekka had moved the apex court after the Jharkhand High
Court had on February 4 rejected his bail plea and that of
another former minister Harinarayan Rai.
Rai and Ekka, who had been ministers in the erstwhile
BJP-led NDA government and Madhu Koda-led coalition, were
arrested in 2009 after a social activist filed a PIL accusing
them of amassing wealth more than their known source of income
during their ministerial terms between 2005 and 2008.
Both the former ministers are in judicial custody since
The High Court had held that if released, Ekka might try
to tamper with evidences and influence witnesses crucial for
the prosecution to establish the case against him.