A local court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant against city industrialist Samir Shah who has gone underground since the alleged murder of his employee Dinesh Daxini early this month.
Police had moved court on Tuesday seeking an arrest warrant against Shah, the owner of Shree Rajmoti Industries and incumbent president of Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Granting the application, a magisterial court issued an arrest warrant against the industrialist under Section 70 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
“Following the warrant, his name will be published in gazette and circulated among every police station in the state. Police of any area will have the power to arrest him after that,” assistant commissioner of police (east zone), Banno Joshi said.
Joshi is investigating officer of the case.
Shah, who is also president of Saurashtra Oil Mills Association (SOMA), has gone underground after Daxini died on March 1. According to police, Daxini, who was managing a branch of Rajmoti Industries in Ahmedabad, was kidnapped by Samir Gandhi and others from his Ahmedabad residence, brought to Rajkot and beaten to death. He was also allegedly beaten by assistant sub-inspector Yogesh Bhatt in Bedipara police post of B Division police.
In his statement, Gandhi, who is manager of Rajmoti Industries, has told police that he had picked up Daxini form Ahmedabad on orders of Shah in connection with alleged irregularities to the tune of around Rs 65 lakh in accounts. Gandhi was arrested subsequently and is presently in judicial custody.
However, Shah and the ASI have remained out of reach of police. The oil miller has even moved Rajkot District and Sessions Court seeking anticipatory bail.
The ACP said that process was on to seek a similar warrant issued against Bhatt also.