Courts not obliged to grant bail in a PMLA case just because accused is a woman: SC

The Supreme Court (SC), in an appeal filed against the order of Chhattisgarh High Court cancelling the bail of the accused woman in a money laundering case, has held that proviso to Section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA), does not make entitlement of bail mandatory to those category of persons mentioned therein. The SC further held that the courts should “exercise the discretion judiciously using their prudence”, and must weigh in extent of involvement of the accused and nature of evidence collected by the Investigating agency while hearing the bail plea.