The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court on Friday night granted anticipatory bail to Sudhanshu Maharaj against a surety of Rs 1 lakh few hours after an arrest warrant was issued against him by a district court in Shajapur in a criminal case.
The case was filed by a businessman against Sudhanshu Maharaj for issuing fake donation receipts.
While granting bail to Sudhanshu Maharaj, justice JK Jain observed that co-accused in the case were granted bail and directed him to appear before the court on or before August 5.
Earlier, the HC bench had vacated a stay on Sudhanshu Maharaj’s arrest and ordered him to appear before a judicial magistrate in Shajapur before July 30.
"But he did not appear till the evening. So, the judicial magistrate Suresh Kumar Suryavanshi issued an arrest warrant against him,” said advocate Sanjay Tiwari, counsel for the businessman, MP Mansinghka.
Mansinghka, a resident of Maxi, has filed a petition against Sudhanshu Maharaj and his charitable trust Vishwa Jagriti Mission for issuing fake receipts against his donations to the trust.
In his complaint, the industrialist has alleged that he had donated Rs 53 lakh to Vishwa Jagriti Mission to seek tax exemption under section 80-G of the Income Tax Act Vishwa Jagriti Mission, but the receipts issued by the mission against the donations were turned down by the department saying they were not valid, as donations to the mission do not come under section 80-G of the IT Act.
Besides, the income-tax department also slapped a penalty of `35 lakh on the businessman.
Sudhanshu Maharaj had earlier approached the high court and the Supreme Court seeking rejection of the case, but his petitions were turned down by both the courts, Tiwari said.