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Maharashtra minister surrenders, jailed

May 13, 2006 09:49 IST

Surupsinh Naik, who resigned from the Maharashtra cabinetFriday night after the Supreme Court sentenced him to one month's simple imprisonment in a contempt case, surrendered before police early on Saturday.

Naik, the state transport minister, was arrested at the Malabar Hills police station and has been lodged in Thane jail.

Senior inspector of Malabar Hills police station, P Sankhe, said Naik was arrested around 4.30 am and taken straight to the jail.

Warrants against Naik and state additional chief secretary Ashok Khot were received by police from the chief metropolitan magistrate at 3.30 am, Sankhe said. While Naik has been arrested, the warrant against Khot is yet to be executed, he said.

Sources said that Khot was not in town. Naik had resigned from the Cabinet Friday night after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition in the case. His resignation has been forwarded to Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday awarded one month's simple imprisonment to Naik and Khot for contempt of court for clandestinely giving licences for operation of six wood-based industries in 2004 despite a ban on the same.

When the licence was granted for operating the saw mills, Naik was environment and forest Minister and Khot principal secretary in the Ministry. The Supreme Court had, in 2002, banned the operation of saw mills.

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Sub: Wisom prevailed on Naik.

He surrendered. Did not go into hiding.

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The Supreme Court has awarded punishment under Under Section 172. It was well known facts that the Supreme Court Order was very well enclosed in ...

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Politician in WB is behind bar for rape case and politician in maharastra is behind bar for corruption. This sort of news doesnt come very ...

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The minister deserves the punishment for so blatantly defying the court even while occupying the ministerial berth after taking oath to deend law and order. ...

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