A Special CBI Court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur has ordered the registration of a criminal case against former Union minister Arun Shourie in relation to the sale of a luxury hotel in Rajasthan in 2002 during the Vajpayee govt. The court rejected a closure report filed by the CBI in the matter of the sale of Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel in Udaipur. It said that Shourie, who was disinvestment minister in 2002, and retired IAS officer Pradip Baijal abused their positions to cause a loss of 244 crore to the govt in the sale of the hotel. The court has also ordered a case against hotelier Jyotsna Suri. The hotel, which was valued at 250 crores, was sold for just 7.5 crores.