New Delhi: The bail pleas of former Union
minister Sukh Ram, who surrendered and was sent to jail to
undergo a three-year term in the 1993 telecom scam, will be
taken up on Monday in the Supreme Court.
A bench headed by Justice P Sathasivam, would also hear
the bail plea of veteran politician`s co-accused former
bureaucrat Runu Ghosh and Hyderabad-based businessman P Rama
The bench had earlier on January 5 refused to entertain
their appeal against the Delhi High Court`s order convicting
them in the scam and awarded three years jail term for Sukh
Ram and Rao and two years of imprisonment for Ghosh.
The bench had said that it would hear their plea only
after they comply with the high court`s order and surrender
before a trial court to undergo sentence. Thereafter, Ghosh
and Rao had surrendered on the same day.
Sukh Ram initially evaded surrendering on health grounds
saying he is hospitalised but two days after he appeared in
the trial court, he was sent to jail.
Earlier on December 21 last year, the high court had
upheld the lower court`s 2002 judgement holding Sukh Ram,
Ghosh and Rao guilty of being part of a criminal conspiracy to
defraud the state exchequer by awarding a telecom equipment
supply contract to Hyderabad`s Advanced Radio Masts which had
supplied inferior goods at a higher rate to the DoT.
Sukh Ram was telecom minister between January 18, 1993
and May 16, 1996, in the Narasimha Rao government.
The CBI had filed the charge sheet in March 1997,
accusing Sukh Ram and Ghosh of entering into a criminal
conspiracy with Rao.
Subsequent to the registration of various cases, the CBI,
in 1996, had seized Rs 3.6 crore in cash which was concealed
in bags and suitcases from Sukh Ram`s residence.