Trial soon in ₹400-crore Gujarat fisheries scam

first_imgThe Gujarat High Court on Friday upheld the prosecution of two BJP Ministers of the then Modi government in the State, in connection with the ₹400 crore fisheries scam in which contracts for fishing were awarded without bidding in 58 dams and reservoirs in 2008.Justice J.B. Pardiwala dismissed petitions of Parshottam Solanki and Dilip Sanghani, who challenged a lower court’s order initiating criminal prosecution for alleged irregularities and corruption in awarding fisheries contracts.In 2016, a local anti-corruption court in Gandhinagar had initiated the prosecution after the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed its probe report.A detailed probe conducted by the ACB had implicated the former Ministers and officials of the agriculture and fisheries departments.The High Court has now asked both political leaders to surrender before the local court within two weeks and face trial.The High Court acted on a petition filed by Ishaq Maradia, who has been fighting to bring the scam to light.“Both will have to face the trial now. In the case of Solanki, even the Governor has granted sanction of prosecution in the scam,” a government official said after the High Court order.last_img

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