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Barwani ex-princess faces arrest
HT Correspondent
Indore, September 23, 2006
First Published: 15:20 IST(24/9/2006)
Last Updated: 15:20 IST(24/9/2006)

UJJAIN SESSIONS Judge Anil Kumar Sharma has ordered ex-princess of Barwani Dilhar Kumari to surrender at Madhav Nagar police station by Saturday midnight, failing which her anticipatory bail granted last week would stand cancelled and she could be arrested any time.

However, Ujjain police when contacted, said that they would give her a week’s time more looking at her age and failing health to depose before the police in person.

While granting anticipatory bail, the judge in his order issued last week also said that once she surrenders at the Madhav Nagar police station in Ujjain, she would be released if she furnishes a bail of Rs. 1 lakh and personal bond of an equal amount. The sessions court also asked her to seek regular bail from the competent court within 30 days of surrendering at the police station.

The 81-year-old ex-princess, who resides at Old Palasia in Indore with her husband Rana Devi Singh and sons Manvendra and Divyaraj, was granted bail in connection with the FIR lodged against her under Sections 420, 406, 120-B of IPC and under MP Nikshepko Ke Hito Ka Adhiniyam 2000 at Madhav Nagar police station, Ujjain.

The aggrieved depositors of defunct Gujarat Mercantile Credit Sahkarita Limited (GMCSL) had lodged the FIR against GMCSL office-bearers including its vice-chairperson Dilhar Kumari for not returning their deposits and siphoning off their money to other business companies without informing them.

GMCSL managing director Janak Gandhi is already lodged in Ujjain jail on similar charges. GMCSL closed down in January 2005 holding back sums worth Rs. 128 crore belonging to 22,000 fixed depositors and account holders of Indore and Ujjain.

With charges of fraud levelled against her at the fag end of her life, the only reprieve Dilhar Kumari has is a letter sent by Janak Gandhi to her this June. In the letter, he had said that the GMCSL office-bearers including Board of Directors, vice-presidents Nagin Bhai Kothari and Dilhar Kumari should not be held responsible in any manner, legal or otherwise, in the affairs of the cooperative body.  In the letter, Gandhi also said that he would make all efforts to arrange for the funds and to revive the cooperative body.


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