Ghodazari irrigation canal scam: Court makes accused directors return their plea

The company’s lawyers Shashank Manohar and Shyam Devani argued that their clients were made scapegoats in the political tug-of-war between the previous and the current state governments.

By: Express News Service | Nagpur | Published:April 17, 2016 2:42 am

A day after the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court their petition, the directors of Mumbai-based company FA Constructions, who were booked in connection with an irrigation scam in February, have withdrawn their plea.

The company’s lawyers Shashank Manohar and Shyam Devani argued that their clients were made scapegoats in the political tug-of-war between the previous and the current state governments.

Manohar also argued that while five directors of FA Constructions were booked in the Ghodazari irrigation canal project case, only one director had actually operated through power of attorney for the other four.

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The directors were booked along with two senior engineers of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) on February 23, following a report by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) finding them guilty for misrepresenting facts to win the tender for the project by irregular means.

They were found to have “forged the documents, formed cartel and duped the government as well as VIDC.”

Acting Advocate General Rohit Deo told the Nagpur Bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Swapna Joshi that only FIR and not chargesheet has been filed in the case till date.

“No arrests have been made and proper notice would be given in advance before any arrest could be made,” Deo said.

The Bench then asked the petitioner to either withdraw their plea or they would dismiss it. The petitioners preferred to withdraw the plea.

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