Gujarat: Arrested Congress MLA in bribery charges sent to 14-day judicial custodyhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/gujarat-arrested-cong-mla-in-bribery-charges-sent-to-14-day-judicial-custody-5426325/

Gujarat: Arrested Congress MLA in bribery charges sent to 14-day judicial custody

Police produced Sabariya, the first-time Congress MLA from Dhrangadhra constituency, in a local court in Morbi as his one-day remand expired on Wednesday afternoon.

Irrigation scam in Morbi, Congress MLA,  arrested congress MLA, Parsottam Sabariya, Rajkot court, Indian Express.
Parsottam Sabariya (in white shirt) outside a Morbi court on Thursday. (Photo by M Ravi)

CONGRESS MLA Parsottam Sabariya, who has been arrested for allegedly taking bribe from persons accused in an alleged irrigation scam in Morbi, was sent to judicial custody after his police remand ended on Tuesday.

Police produced Sabariya, the first-time Congress MLA from Dhrangadhra constituency, in a local court in Morbi as his one-day remand expired on Wednesday afternoon.

Along with him, police also produced Bharat Ganeshiya, an advocate who, police claim was acting as the middlemen between the scam accused, in the court. As police did not seek extension of their remand, the court sent the MLA and the advocate to judicial custody for 14 days.

Meanwhile, Dilip Agechariya, advocate for Sabariya and Ganeshiya, moved separate bail pleas.

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“We have moved for regular bail of Sabariya and interim bail for Ganeshiya. The court has listed Sabariya’s bail plea for hearing on November 2. Ganeshiya is due to appear in an interview for becoming a notary and has therefore sought interim bail. His plea will be heard on November 1,” Agechariya said.

Police had arrested Sabariya on Sunday, saying that the MLA had received Rs 10 lakh from those arrested in connection with the Rs 66.91 lakh irrigation work ‘scam’ in lieu of not raising the issue on the floor of the Assembly.