In a major setback for former Congress MLA Bhaga Barad, the Gujarat High Court on Friday quashed the stay on his conviction and sentence by a sessions court in Gir Somnath in a case of illegal mining. In her order, Justice Gokani asked the sessions court to hear Barad's plea afresh "without further loss of time". She noted the sessions court "should once again apply its mind" while hearing Barad's petition challenging the magistrate's order. Barad had moved the high court on March 11 challenging his disqualification alleging it was politically motivated. THE CASEBarad was accused of stealing limestone worth Rs2.83 crore through illegal mining in government land in Sutrapada, according to an FIR lodged against him in 1995.
Source: dna March 16, 2019 00:00 UTC