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Court for prosecution of hotelier

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2012 00:12 IST

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A Delhi court on Saturday cleared decks for prosecution of hotelier SP Gupta by allowing the city government to withdraw its earlier plea to seek quashing of three FIRs against him allegedly at the behest of Union home minister P Chidambaram.

"The court is of the view that nothing preclude prosecution from withdrawing its earlier plea for withdrawal of prosecution," additional chief metropolitan magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi said.

The Delhi government, which earlier sought withdrawal of cases against Gupta allegedly at behest of Chidambaram and the home ministry, later took a U-turn and wanted to prosecute him following a furore in and out of the Parliament on the issue.

The city government, on December 15, moved a fresh plea seeking withdrawal of its earlier application in which it had favoured withdrawal of FIRs saying "no case was made out".

The court also rejected plea of Gupta that complainant VLS Finance has no right to be heard and fixed the matter for hearing on March 7.

Earlier applications of Delhi government for withdrawal of cases against Gupta, who runs Sunair Hotels Pvt Ltd, had snowballed into a controversy with the BJP accusing Chidambaram of favouring his former client. Chidambaram, however, strongly rejected the allegations.