HC relief for the owner of a printing press | Ahmedabad News

Ahmedabad: On Wednesday, the high court in Gujarat prevented police from arresting Mudresh Purohit, owner of Surya Offset Security Printers, from where the question papers of the examinations for the recruitment of chief clerks were allegedly leaked, causing an outcry that led the state government to cancel the recruitment process.
Purohit applied for early bail in the High Court and said he feared arrest after police officers arrested 11 people and one of his printing workers was accused of leaking the newspaper. He claimed that he had cooperated with the investigation and had appeared before the investigator within the past three days, although he was not named in the FIR filed in Prantij.
He claimed he followed a strict procedure established in the guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India and the Association of Indian Banks to maintain security and secrecy in his printing press.
The state government strongly opposed Purohit’s request for early bail and argued that he should have gone to a sessional court first.
After hearing the case, Judge AC Joshi said it appeared the Purohit employee had committed the alleged IPC Section 409 violation by disclosing the documents. The servant overstepped duty without the owner’s connivance. In this case, to what extent vicarious liability is applicable to Purohit is a matter of argument at the time of the final hearing of the case.
The HC admitted the request for early bail, requested a government response by January 17, and asked the police not to take any coercive action against him until the day after the hearing.


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