The Porbandar district and sessions court Tuesday fixed July 20 as the date for pronouncing its verdict on petitions of Water Resources Minister Babu Bokhiria and three others seeking stay on their conviction in the Rs 54-crore illegal limestone mining case of 2006.
The court of principal district and sessions judge I B Vaghela announced Saturday as the day of judgment after hearing oral arguments of public prosecutor Tuesday.
The minister and three others have been pronounced guilty in an open court. This means,there is ample evidence against them, prosecutor Sudhirsinh Jethwa said after hearing.
Bokhiria,former Congress MP and his relative Bharat Odedra,Bhima Dula Odedra and Lakshman Bhima Odedra were pronounced guilty on June 15 in the case of illegally mining limestone worth Rs54 crore from lease area of Saurashtra Chemical Ltd,a company which runs a cement plan near Porbandar. They were sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined Rs 5,000 each.
However,the quartet were granted bail for seven days. They had moved the sessions court on June 17 seeking stay against their conviction and the court had granted them bail till pendency of their petitions. However,Bhima Dula is in jail in connection with a murder case.
The defence lawyers had argued their case on July 6 when the matter had come up for hearing. The sessions court has already rejected plea of RTI activist Dilip Kataria seeking further investigation in the case.