Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday stayed conviction of Talala Congress MLA of Bhagawan Barad, in an alleged mineral theft case. With this his disqualification as a member of the Legislative Assembly stands automatically cancelled.
Barad was convicted by a lower court of Sutrapada in Gir Somnath district in a decade old lime stone theft case. The court ordered 3 years jail to him. Soon after the order Assembly Speaker disqualified Barad. Though he had filed appeal before sessions court.
Justice S H Vora today stayed the conviction till the appeal was pending. Barad had moved the Gujarat High Court for the second time in a fortnight challenging Veraval sessions court’s repeated refusal to stay his conviction.
He had appealed before the sessions court in Veraval thrice against the verdict of the magistrate court. The court had for the first time stayed it but as it did not mention any reason for its order the court of High Court judge Justice Sonia Gokani had on April 24 revoked the stay and advised Barad to go back to the court. Since then it was rejected twice with the latest being on July 3 .
Earlier the Supreme Court had on April 1 stayed the by-election announced by the Election Commission (EC) for his Talala constituency on April 23 along with voting for all the 26 Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat. The disqualified MLA had challenged the hasty declaration of bypoll for his constituency by the EC before the Gujarat High Court. However, a division bench of the high court had rejected his plea, against which he had to approach the apex court.
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