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Arun Shourie gets relief from Rajasthan High Court

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The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday gave relief to former Union minister and noted journalist Arun Shourie in the Lakshmi Vilas Palace hotel disinvestment case. Along with Arun Shourie, another accused Kantilal Karmsey also got the relief.

Justice Dinesh Mehta stayed the arrest warrant issued by a special CBI court against both Shourie and Karmsey. But the two accused will have to present themselves in the CBI court to submit personal bond and surety.

HC accepted plea of Arun Shourie

The court accepted the plea of Arun Shourie whose wife is unwell and he sought time till October 15 to appear before the court which was granted.

The CBI court took cognizance of the alleged malpractices involved in the sale of the heritage hotel 18 years ago and the court ordered to book Arun Shourie and others and summoned him through an arrest warrant.

The lawyers for Shourie, Prashant Bhushan and Pradip Shah and the lawyers for Karmsey, Vandana Bhansali and Muktesh Maheshwari, had challenged the order of the special CBI court.

CBI court went out of its jurisdiction

Prashant Bhushan pleaded that Shourie is a respected and well-known journalist and has been a Union minister.  Prashant Bhushan said that on two previous occasions the CBI has submitted the closure report, yet the special CBI court went out of its jurisdiction as a subordinate court took cognizance and issued an order which was not justified.

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Prashant Bhushan cited the case of Inder Mohan Goswami vs State of Uttarakhand in which the Supreme Court issued a ruling that before issuing any warrant of arrest, a person should be first summoned and then a bailable warrant of arrest could be issued.  The apex court had also said that such warrant of arrest could be issued only in a matter of great importance. But in this case, there was no such need for issuing a warrant of arrest.

Shourie also appeared before the court through video conferencing. While he submitted that his wife was unwell and he needed time, he assured the court of all cooperation.

The High Court converted the warrant of arrest into a bailable warrant after the two accused gave bonds and sureties. Both of them have been instructed not to leave the country without the permission of the court. The next hearing will take place on October 15.

 

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