Jaipur-based businessman held in Jal Mahal lease case

The Madhya Pradesh Police on Thursday took into custody Navratan Kothari, a Jaipur-based businessman, accused in the Jal Mahal lease case from Indore. The police swung into action after getting frantic calls from their Rajasthan counterparts to detain Kothari, who was in Indore reportedly to attend a funeral.

The Rajasthan Police were desperate to nab Kothari as a non-compliance of the arrest warrant would have landed the Jaipur Police Commissioner in trouble.

A court in its latest order said the commissioner would have to personally appear if the arrest warrant was not served on the businessman.

Kothari along with an IAS officer and others is an accused in a case of leasing prime government land around Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of Mansagar lake in Jaipur.

Kothari, who was picked up from near a hotel on RNT Marg in the afternoon was made to cool his heels at Chhoti Gwaltoli Police Station. Indore SP (East) O P Tripathi told The Indian Express that a team of Jaipur police had left for Indore and Kothari would be handed over to them. He said the detention was in keeping with Section 70 of the CrPC.

A lot of local businessmen from Indore gathered around the police station when the news of Kothari's detention spread.

The arrest warrants were first issued against Kothari, an IAS officer and a Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation officer in September 2011 on a complaint filed by a resident in a Jaipur court.

After challenging the order in the additional district sessions court and the Rajasthan high court, the accused had moved the Supreme Court last year to get the warrants quashed.

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