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Fisheries scam: ACB court issues NBW against Guj BJP minister

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

An in Gandhinagar Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant against in the alleged Rs 400-crore fisheries scam.

Judge M Vora issued the warrant against Solanki under section 70 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) after he failed to respond to summons and a bailable warrant issued against him by the same court.

Solanki is the MLA from Bhavnagar (Rural) and is the for fisheries in the Vijay Rupani-led government.

The High Court had recently rejected petitions of Solanki as well as former for fisheries Dileep Sanghani challenging the proceedings initiated against them by a special Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court in the alleged scam.

Solanki and Sanghani had moved the high court after the in Gandhinagar issued summons to them based on the ACB inquiry report.

The case dates back to 2008 when Solanki was the of fisheries and Sanghani the for agriculture.

Complainant had accused Solanki of illegally granting contracts for fishing in 58 reservoirs across the state.

After the government, led by then Narendra Modi, refused sanction to prosecute Solanki, Maradia moved the high court in 2012.

During past hearings in the high court, Solanki had said the contracts were granted by Sanghani as he was then designated as

Then Gujarat Kamla Beniwal, on July 30, 2012, overruled the state cabinet and sanctioned Solanki's prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Maradia then moved the ACB court demanding criminal prosecution of Solanki and Sanghani.

After the case was registered against the two, the special court asked the ACB to conduct an inquiry in May 2013.

The report was submitted before the ACB court in 2015 which indicated irregularities in award of contracts for fisheries.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 19:57 IST
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