Hearing on Swarup Srivastava's petition adjourned till Jan 9

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Mumbai, Dec 13 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today adjourned till January 9 next year, hearing on a petition filed by businessman Guru Swarup Srivastava challenging the non-release of paintings, that he had purchased from controversial painter M F Hussain and which are now lying in the locker of a private bank.

Justice A P Deshpande of the Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing on the ground that the court wanted to study a Supreme Court order in the same matter, which was delivered earlier.

Guru Swarup Srivastava had entered into an agreement with Hussain for the purchase of 100 paintings for Rs 100 crore, on the theme ''Our Planet Called Earth'', a few years ago.

Twenty-five such paintings are lying in the locker of IndusInd Bank, and Srivastava had filed an application before a magistrate's court for the custody of these paintings.

The CBI, which had probed a case against the businessman, had asked the IndusInd Bank not to allow the use of the locker and not to shift the paintings. Srivastava had moved the court against this stand of the CBI.


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