Illegal mining case accused Bokhiria to arrive tomorrow from London

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Porbandar, Nov 4 (UNI) Bharatiya Janata Party city president Babu Bokhiria, prime accused in the Rs 54 crore illegal mining case, is expected to reach Ahmedabad from London tomorrow.

Earlier, on Thursday, the Gujarat High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail application of Bokhiria. He had moved the High Court after the Porbandar sessions court rejected his anticipatory bail application.

Bokhiria's counsel Bharat Lakhani has told the police that his client was a responsible person and was not an absconder. Bokhiria is presently in London and would arrive in Ahmedabad tomorrow by a Jet Airlines flight about 1145 hrs, Mr Lakhani has informed the police.

Saurashtra Chemicals Limited had filed a complaint in October 2006, accusing four people -- Bokhiria, Bhima Odedara and his son Laxman, and former Congress MP Bharat Odedara, of carrying out illegal mining. Bhima and Laxman Odedara were arrested in November last year, but police had not arrested Bharat Odedara and Babu Bokhiria. Following intervention of the High Court, Bharat Odedara was arrested in September.

According to Mines and Minerals Department estimates, the illegal mining could be to the tune of Rs 200 crore.


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