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Special Court At Jodhpur Orders Filing Of Fir Against Ex-Minister Arun Shourie Over Udaipur Hotel Sale

Lawstreet Journal 20 Sep 2020 12:49am

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A special court at Jodhpur directed the CBI to file cases against the former Union Minister Arun Shourie and the then disinvestment secretary Pradip Baijal over the sale of the ITDC hotel allegedly at a loss of Rs 244 crore to the exchequer. Apart from these hotels the CBI Court also asked to file cases against three other associates who were involved in the sale of Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel in Udaipur about two decades back during the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA government at the Centre. 

The prime suspect Shourie was the minister in charge of divestment when the property was sold to a private company named Bharat Hotel Ltd which was earlier owned by the public sector India Tourism Development Corporation. 

Judge Puran Kumar Sharma mentioned that the court remembered Shourie’s background as a journalist who had himself spoken against corruption in many of his debates and discussions. This act showed his double standards on the issue of corruption. The order passed on Wednesday, 16th September rejected the closure report of CBI submitted for the case in August 2019 and asked them to reinvestigate the matter. 

He also ordered an immediate attachment of Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel by the district magistrate and stated that the hotel was to remain under the custody of the Rajasthan government till the matter was disposed of. The other three associates attached to the case along with Shourie and Baijal were Ashish Guha (Managing Director of Lazard India Ltd), valuer Kantilal Karamsey of Kantilal… Continue Reading...

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