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Fisheries 'scam': Solanki, Sanghani plead innocence before HC

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Seeking to quash the trial court proceedings in the alleged fisheries scam of Rs 450 crore, Fisheries alongwith former today argued before the there was no case made out against them.

They knocked the doors of the HC two years ago after a special in Gandhinagar issued summonses to them after taking into account an inquiry report of the ACB.

During today's brief hearing before Justice J B Pardiwala, lawyers for both the leaders claimed there was no concrete evidence against their clients and the trial against them should be scrapped.

Justice Pardiwala posted the matter for February 16.

The case dates back to 2008, when was of state for fisheries and was the cabinet for agriculture.

At that time, Palanpur-based moved the HC and alleged that flouted rules by allotting contracts without following tendering process.

Maradia alleged that was involved in Rs 450-crore "scam" by illegally granting contracts for fishing in 58 reservoirs across the state.

After initial refusal of the government to grant sanctions to prosecute Solanki, Maradia moved the HC in 2012.

During past hearings in the HC, said the contracts of fisheries were granted by as he was then designated as the cabinet

The then state cabinet under the leadership of former had refused to grant sanctions to prosecute

However, the then Dr on July 30, 2012 overruled the state cabinet and sanctioned the prosecution of under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Following which, Maradia filed an application in the ACB court demanding criminal prosecution of and under the PC Act.

After the case was lodged against and Sanghani, the had asked the ACB to conduct an inquiry during May 2013 and asked the officials to submit a report.

A report in this regard was submitted before the ACB court in 2015 which had indicated irregularities while awarding the contracts for fisheries.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 00:00 IST