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Court reserves order in Swaraj Puri case

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 01:47 IST
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FIRST ADDITIONAL District and Sessions Judge Akhilesh Pandya has reserved the judgement for order on DGP (Home Guards) Swaraj Puri case till January 22.

The court will pass an order whether a case (not FIR) needs to be registered against Puri, his son Shreyas and businessman Baboolal Somani to conduct further proceedings into the case including calling them for cross examination.

During the Wednesday hearing, Puri, through his counsel Ajay Gupta, moved an application requesting the court for inspection of Economic Offence Wing (EOW) report, which the agency submitted last month.

Complainant and ex-BJP corporator Mahesh Garg through his counsel Dr Manohar Dalal also moved an application for directing EOW to register an FIR against Savita Puri, wife of Swaraj Puri; businessman Arun Sachdev and Shri Govindram Sakseria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore, Registrar M S Jaina for conspiring to grant admission to Shreyas under NRI-sponsored quota at the engineering college in 2001. He also appealed to the court to append their names as co-accused in the case.

The applicant alleged that Savita Puri signed against the column meant for father of Shreyas in the SGSITS admission application form though the couple live together. Moreover, the tuition fee and caution money of Rs 2.12 lakh was deposited into SGSITS bank account from the Centurion Bank (Janjirawala Junction, Indore) account of Trade Man International, a firm owned by Sachdev’s son Shubham. “Jaina showed this sum to have been received from Somani’s NRI account”, the complainant alleged.

Moreover, Section 23 of All Indian Council for Technical Education Act 1987 recognises the definition of NRI explained in Income Tax Act 1961, which states that the one who stayed nine of out 10 years or 730 days in seven years abroad is a non-resident Indian. “But Somani stayed for 1100 days in seven years preceding 2001, so he cannot be a NRI,” the complainant added.

According to the complainant, Shreyas did not merit admission in electronic and instrumentation engineering course at SGSITS and therefore he was given admission under NRI-quota through fake documents.