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Seeking to quash the trial court proceedings in the alleged fisheries scam of Rs 450 crore, Gujarat Fisheries Minister Purshottam Solanki alongwith former minister Dileep Sanghani today argued before the High Court there was no case made out against them.
They knocked the doors of the HC two years ago after a special Anti-Corruption Bureau court 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.
Maradia alleged that Solanki was involved in Rs 450-crore "scam" by illegally granting contracts for fishing in 58 reservoirs across the state.
After initial refusal of the Gujarat government to grant sanctions to prosecute Solanki, Maradia moved the HC in 2012.
During past hearings in the HC, Solanki said the contracts of fisheries were granted by Sanghani as he was then designated as the cabinet minister.
The then state cabinet under the leadership of former Chief Minister Narendra Modi had refused to grant sanctions to prosecute Solanki.
However, the then Gujarat governor Dr Kamla Beniwal on July 30, 2012 overruled the state cabinet and sanctioned the prosecution of Solanki under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
A report in this regard was submitted before the ACB court in 2015 which had indicated irregularities while awarding the contracts for fisheries.