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Complaint against Modi disposed of in heritage property case

Jaipur: A city court today disposed of a complaint against former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and his wife for purchasing two heritage properties near the protected Amber Fort here on the ground that the case was before the Rajasthan High Court.

In his order, Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jaipur district) Yudhisthir Sharma observed that since the matter was before the High Court, the issue could not be allowed to be raised.

He also noted that a stay had been granted by the High Court on the investigation into the FIR registered by the anti-corruption bureau of the state against Modi, his wife Meenal and eight others.

The court was hearing a complainant filed by Sandeep Bhatra, District President of Nagrik Morcha, Jaipur division, that heritage `havelis` were part of the protected area under a government notification of 1974.

It alleged that Modi and his wife had managed to purchase the properties through a bogus company of which they later became directors.

The complainant alleged that Modi, an influential person, wanted to embezzle the treasured properties adjoining the Amber fort.

He also alleged that Modi`s wife had become part of the Amber Development and Management Authority, a registered society, in a clandestine manner and without signing the memorandum of association.

Modi`s counsel pleaded that the anti-corruption bureau had investigated the matter and filed an FIR. However, the Rajasthan High Court had stayed the entire matter.

PTI

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