Changing its stand, Delhi government on Saturday told a court here that there was sufficient evidence to pursue cases against hotelier S P Gupta which were earlier sought to be withdrawn allegedly on the recommendation of Union home minister P Chidambaram.
In an application before additional chief metropolitan magistrate Sunil Chaudhary, Delhi government said withdrawal of cases against Gupta, a former client of Chidambaram as lawyer, at this satge would "hamper the interest of justice".
"After thorough examination of case file and evidence on record, I found that there is sufficient evidence against the accused persons," assistant public prosecutor Ghanshyam Srivastava told the court referring to one of the cases.
Delhi government filed three separate applications stating that in each of the cases there was sufficient material to go ahead with the prosecution.
The government's decision to move applications on November 24 for withdrawal of cases against against Gupta, who runs Sunair Hotels Pvt Ltd, has snowballed into a controversy with opposition BJP accusing Chidambaram of favouring his former client.
Chidambaram has strongly rejected the allegation that he had favoured the Delhi-based hotelier in withdrawing three FIRs filed against him and dismissed suggestions there was any conflict of interest involved in it.
"On November 24, 2011, application under section 321 CrPC (withdrawal from prosecution) was moved by the undersigned (state) for withdrawing the case.
"That withdrawal of case at this stage would hamper the interest of justice severely. It is, therefore, prayed that withdrawal application under section 321 CrPC may kindly be dismissed as 'withdrawn or being not pressed," the prosecution said in its applications.