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HC stays arrest warrant against Gujarat minister

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

High has stayed an arrest warrant against state Fisheries Minister in a case related to bogus voting.

Justice stayed the warrant against Solanki yesterday while admitting his challenging August 24 order of the of additional chief judicial magistrate of Bhavnagar.

The case is 20 years old. The high also stayed lower court's order which dismissed Solanki's discharge application.

An FIR was filed against Solanki at Vartej police station in Bhavnagar district under sections 120 (B) (conspiracy), 171 (D) (impersonation at elections) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the on May 2, 1996.

Solanki and his aides Koli and Koli were accused of possessing bottles of liquid used to erase ink marks on finger to facilitate repeat voting during a

Solanki was then contesting as an independent candidate.

Police filed a charge sheet against Solanki on May 10, 1999, and showed him as an absconding accused.

Solanki moved the local court seeking discharge from the case. The court, in May last year, dismissed his plea and issued an arrest warrant in August.

The high court would hear the case next on February 24, 2017.

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First Published: Sat, November 26 2016. 21:57 IST