Arrest warrant against Mohanty?
AN ARREST warrant against IAS officer S R Mohanty, who is in the eye of the ICD scandal storm, on Saturday landed here from Mumbai.Updated: Jan 30, 2006 12:26 IST
AN ARREST warrant against IAS officer S R Mohanty, who is in the eye of the ICD scandal storm, on Saturday landed here from Mumbai.
However, SR Mohanty told the Hindustan Times that it is a conspiracy to defame him as the case has already been taken up by the Bombay High Court.
According to sources, the warrant has been issued by special metropolitan magistrate Mumbai, J C Shirsale, in connection with a litigation filed by Apex Urban Cooperative Bank, Mumbai. Another arrest warrant has been issued against MP State Industrial Development Corporation (MPSIDC) general manager S Ravishankar Iyer.
The bank had lodged a case against the MPSIDC and its officers, including Mohanty and Iyer after the cheques issued by them in favour of the bank bounced.
The MPSIDC had borrowed Rs 100 crore from the bank and outstanding dues on the MPSIDC had risen to over Rs 130 crore by now.
A police party handed over the arrest warrants against Mohanty and Iyer at the Maharana Pratap Nagar police station late Saturday evening.
While the special metropolitan magistrate has requested chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Bhopal, to arrange for the execution of the warrant against Mohanty, the warrant against Iyer is addressed to the district SP for execution.
The warrant was issued on January 23 and both the accused are required to be produced in the court on February 3. Suspecting conspiracy in issuance of the warrant, SR
Mohanty said some people might have got it issued by the court staff in Mumbai to defame him. “The matter has already been taken up by the Bombay High Court and the warrant seems to have been issued by the lower court by mistake,” he contended.
The senior IAS officer further clarified that he had not issued a single cheque to the bank in question. “A senior lawyer hired by the State Government is handling the case, he added.
First Published: Jan 30, 2006 12:26 IST