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Jail for ex-Maharashtra Minister
May 10, 2006 15:28 IST
The Supreme Court on Wednesday awarded one-month imprisonment to former Maharashtra environment and forest minister S S Nayak and the then principal secretary in the ministry Ashok Khot for conspiring to give licenses for operation of sawmills in the state despite a ban imposed by it.
A three-judge Bench held them guilty for willful violation of the court order.
The Bench comprised Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal, Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice S H Kapadia.
The Supreme Court in 2002 had banned the operation of sawmills, but Nayak and Khot gave licenses to six such mills in violation of the order.