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Court again rejects Guptas’ bail plea



DEHRADUN, 7 Jun: A hearing was held today on the bail plea of Ajay Gupta and his brother-in-law Anil Gupta, the accused in the suicide case of builder Satinder (Baba) Sawhney and the bail was rejected.

The hearing today was held in the court of ADJ IV Madan Ram. After the rejection of the bail plea of the Guptas, the defence lawyers informed that their clients will now file an appeal in the Uttarakhand High Court against the bail rejection. It may be recalled that the Guptas have already one case pending in the High Court where they have appealed for quashing of FIR against them even as the Police claim to have found new evidence against them in the case.

It may be recalled that the bail plea of the Guptas heard on 28 May in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate-III, Shaista Bano was also rejected after an hour long debate. The next date was fixed for 6 June, but it was again postponed yesterday due to non[1]availability of the case diary. Consequently, the plea was heard today in the court of ADJ[1]IV Madan Ram and rejected again.

It may also be recalled that a leading builder of Dehradun Satinder (Baba) Sawhney had committed suicide on 24 May last month by jumping from the balcony of 8th floor of Pacific Golf Apartment on Sahastradhara Road which had been constructed by his firm. As Sawhney had written a suicide note addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, it became a high profile case and therefore the Guptas mentioned in the suicide note were arrested the next day on 25 May. Had the Police taken serious cognisance of the FIR filed by Sawhney against the Guptas accusing them of threatening him, he could have been alive today.

During the hearing of the bail plea, the defence lawyer, Abhiyanshu Dhyani, argued that his clients Ajay Gupta and Anil Gupta had not threatened Sawhney but were only pressing for return of the funds and only discussed business transactions. On the other hand, the prosecution lawyers argued that Sawhney was being continuously harassed and threatened with death by the Guptas. Following the arguments, the court rejected the bail plea. The defence lawyers informed the media present in the court that their clients will now file an appeal of bail with the High Court.