HC Stays Trial Court Proceedings Against Ex-SBI Chief Chaudhuri

The Rajasthan High Court on Monday stayed ower court proceedings against former State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Pratip Chaudhuri and others in a case of cheating.

Chaudhuri was arrested from New Delhi by the Rajasthan Police on November 1 based on an FIR registered by the Rajasthan Police in connection with an alleged bank loan scam.

Passing the order, the Rajasthan High Court ruled “it is true that ordinarily when statutory remedy is available to the parties, the high court should refrain itself from interfering in the order passed by the trial court. However, this itself will not limit the inherent powers of the high court under Section 482 of CrPC. I am of the opinion that points raised in the petition are prime facie having force”.

The order further reads, “I am also of the opinion that when this court is already seized of the matter and two other petition filed by other co-accused persons are also pending before this court, it would be appropriate that the trial court should not be allowed to proceed further in the matter”.

Observing this, the court stayed ‘further proceedings” pending in a trial court in Jaisalmer. A Magistrate last November had issued non-bailable warrants against Chaudhuri following which he was arrested by the Rajasthan Police from his New Delhi residence.

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