Fisheries Scam: No relief to Purshottam Solanki from HC, Ahmedabad


On Thursday Gujarat High Court upheld the decision of the government to grant sanction to prosecute minister Purshottam Solanki challenging Governor Kamla Beniwal’s decision to sanction his prosecution in an alleged Rs 400-crore fishing contracts scam.
GPCC president Arjun Modhwadia sought the resignation of Chief Minister Narendra Modi following the decision of the state government to register complaints against minister of state for fisheries Purshottam Solanki and others involved in the Rs 400 crore scam.

Rejecting the plea, a bench of Justice Rajesh H Shukla said the power exercised by Beniwal was not alien to her as claimed by the minister.

In 2009, one Ishaq Maradia had alleged that Solanki granted the contracts for fishing in reservoirs across the state without due tendering process and thereby resorted to corruption of Rs 400 crore. He had sought the sanction for Solanki’s prosecution. The state cabinet under Modi had twice rejected the application seeking prosecution of the minister.

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