‘I’m a victim of politics,won’t resign’

A day after a contempt of court plea was filed in the the Gujarat High Court against Chief Minister Narendra Modi for refusing to allow prosecution of Purushottam Solanki in an alleged Rs 400-crore scam,the fisheries minister today said he has become a “victim of politics”.

Written by KapilDave | Gandhinagar | Published: July 5, 2012 4:02:07 am

A day after a contempt of court plea was filed in the the Gujarat High Court against Chief Minister Narendra Modi for refusing to allow prosecution of Purushottam Solanki in an alleged Rs 400-crore scam,the fisheries minister today said he has become a “victim of politics”.

Solanki said he would not resign from the post in the wake of the controversy. “I have no reason to resign. No one,not even the CM,has asked me to resign. I am not guilty. I have become a victim of politics,” he said.

On the HC order regarding his prosecution,he said,“The High Court has given instructions to the state government,and not to me. So I cannot say on behalf of the government. Whatever action is required (whether to appeal or challenge the HC direction in the Supreme Court) will be taken by the government only.”

Senior advocate Mukul Sinha had filed a contempt of court plea against Modi and his council of ministers before the HC on Tuesday for refusing to allow the prosecution of Solanki without taking the Governor’s consent.

The HC had directed the government in its March 30 order to decide the plea seeking sanction to prosecute Solanki under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act,stating the Governor would be the competent authority to take a final decision with aide and advice of the Council of Ministers.

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