New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday cleared decks
for prosecution of hotelier S P Gupta by allowing the city
government to withdraw its earlier plea to seek quashing of
three FIRs against him allegedly at the behest of Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram.
"The court is of the considered view that nothing
preclude prosecution from withdrawing its earlier plea for
withdrawal of prosecution," Additional Chief Metropolitan
Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi said.
The Delhi government, which earlier sought withdrawal of
cases against Gupta allegedly at behest of Chidambaram and the
Home Ministry, later took a u-turn and wanted to prosecute him
following a furore in and out of the Parliament on the issue.
"Application of State dated December 12, 2011 (to pursue
cases against S P Gupta) stands allowed," it said.
The city government, on December 15, moved a fresh plea
seeking withdrawal of its earlier application in which it had
favoured withdrawal of FIRs saying "no case was made out".
The court also rejected plea of Gupta that complainant
VLS Finance has no right to be heard and fixed the matter for
hearing on March 7.