Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday stayed the arrest warrant issued by a trial court against Arun Shourie in the Udaipur Laxmi Vilas Hotel disinvestment case. Yesterday the High Court had slammed the trial court in Jodhpur for passing a controversial order against the CBI’s closure report in the case by giving relief to Bharat Hotel Group owner Jyotsna Suri.
Arun Shourie (79) who appeared online along with his advocate Prashant Bhushan narrated the entire process of the disinvestment, which was approved by the Law Ministry and Union Cabinet approved during Prime Minister Vajpayee’s tenure in 2001. Shourie also requested an exemption from personal appearance. Both Shourie and Bhushan pointed out the gross errors in the trial judge’s Order. He narrated his old age problems and the situation of his ailing wife and son. The court granted him relief by allowing him to appear anytime before October 15, by ordering no arrest.
It is still a mystery as to why the CBI under Narendra Modi registered an FIR on a Vajpayee Government’s Cabinet decision
CBI also supported Shourie’s arguments and pointed out the errors in the trial judge’s controversial Order. It must be interesting to note that CBI under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime registered this case and later in 2019 decided to close the case. However, the trial judge did not agree to close the case and passed the controversial order of arresting Arun Shourie and others. The Judge also ordered the seizure of the Hotel.
PGurus reported in detail how this case happened and that the CBI surprisingly filed an FIR on August 13, 2014. It is still a mystery as to why the CBI under Narendra Modi registered an FIR on a Vajpayee Government’s Cabinet decision. Many believe this dubious CBI case was the outcome of the tussle between Modi and Arun Shourie. The detailed article on the origin of this matter can be read here.
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