Saw mills: Naik released from Thane Jail
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Saw mills: Naik released from Thane Jail

The former Maharashtra Minister was earlier ordered a month's jail term by the apex court for contempt of court.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 16:01 IST

Former Maharashtra Forest Minister, Surupsinh Naik, who served a month's jail term in a Supreme Court contempt case, was released from Thane Central jail on Monday, police in Thane said.

Naik, along with Additional Chief Secretary Ashok Khot, was ordered a month's jail term by the Supreme Court for contempt of the apex court for granting fresh licenses to saw mills to operate within the restricted Tansa forest area limits despite an SC ban on such licences.

Following the SC order, Naik had resigned from the state cabinet and surrendered to the police on May 13 last and had been lodged in Thane Central Jail since then.

The former Minister, after being jailed, had complained of various complications, including heart problem, and was admitted to Sir JJ Hospital, where he was lodged in the ICU for almost a fortnight and underwent a series of tests.

Following this doctors opined that he was fit and he was sent back to the jail last week.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary, Ashok Khot, who was placed under suspension after the SC order, first evaded detention, but later surrendered to police on May 18 and since then is serving a jail term, sources said.

First Published: Jun 12, 2006 12:31 IST