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Court denies anticipatory bail to Gugnani brothers

Sanjeev Bhalla , Hindustan Times  Kapurthala, November 15, 2012
First Published: 21:41 IST(15/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:37 IST(16/11/2012)

A local court has dismissed the anticipatory bail application of the Gugnani brothers, the main accused in the Punjab Technical University (PTU) scam.

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In an order passed by additional district and sessions judge Gurmit Kaur on Wednesday evening, the application was dismissed since the case involved huge financial irregularities.

"The custodial interrogation of the accused is necessary and it is also necessary to know who is running Vistar Add Comm, though the applicants have received the cheques amounting to Rs. 1.5 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh from the business centres vide letter dated July 6, 2012, but there was no transaction in Vistar Add Comm after April 3," the order read.

The court also rejected the plea of Ajesh and Sanjeev Gugnani questioning the jurisdiction of the Kapurthala police for transactions made in West Bengal.

"The PTU office is in Kapurthala. Whatever approval of the regional centre or learning centre is to be made is to be done from the head office, and whatever amount is to be received and share of the regional centre or learning centre is to be made from the PTU situated at Kapurthala," the order said.

Ajesh and Sanjeev Gugnani, purported owners of Matrix Infosys, and company employees Gautam Banerjee and Sabal Kanta was booked by the Kapurthala police under sections 420, 406, 467, 468, 471, 506 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on a complaint of examination malpractices filed by PTU through its registrar, HS Bains.

Banerjee and Kanta were arrested on October 25. Both were remanded in judicial custody by the court of additional chief judicial magistrate Jagdip Singh Marok on November 6.

"We would challenge the order passed by this court in the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking remedy for my clients who have been falsely booked by PTU," said defence counsel Amandeep Singh Thind.

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