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Rajasthan High Court stays CBI court proceedings against Arun Shourie and others in Laxmi Vilas hotel case

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Rajasthan High Court High has stayed the proceedings by a CBI court which had ordered reopening of a probe against former disinvestment minister Arun Shourie and four others over the sale of a government-owned hotel in Udaipur two decades back.

The Jodhpur bench of the High Court has summoned records of the case from the special CBI court, asking it not to proceed against Arun Shourie and four others until further orders.

Hearing the case, Justice Vijay Bishnoi ordered:

“That the trial court shall not proceed against the petitioners pursuant to the impugned order till further orders.”

Appearing through video conferencing, Shourie said the process of disinvestment of Laxmi Vilas Hotel had been challenged twice by the same person before the Division Bench of the Rajasthan High Court, but was dismissed both times i..e in 2002 and 2006.

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Last month, a special CBI court ordered the registration of a new FIR against former Union disinvestment minister Arun Shourie, the then department secretary Pradip Baijal, Lazard India Ltd managing director Ashish Guha, valuer Kantilal Karamsey and Bharat Hotels director Jyotsana Suri over the sale. 

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