Telecom case: Sukhram moves Delhi HC

Former telecom minister Sukhram on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging his conviction and five-year jail term for taking Rs 3 lakh as bribe to award a lucrative contract to a private firm in 1996.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 15:14 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Former telecom minister Sukhram on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging his conviction and five-year jail term for taking Rs 3 lakh as bribe to award a lucrative contract to a private firm in 1996.

While sentencing Sukhram, special CBI judge RP Pandey had also imposed a fine of Rs 4 lakh on the veteran leader.

The 86-year-old leader, who had been free despite being convicted in two corruption cases, was arrested last Saturday and taken to Tihar jail.

Sukhram, who held telecom portfolio in the PV Narasimha Rao`s Cabinet, was convicted last Thursday in the cable contract case.

Besides the present case, Sukhram was awarded a three-year jail term in 2002 in a case lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to equipment supply that resulted in a loss of Rs 1.66 crore to the state exchequer.

He was also convicted and sentenced to three years in jail in 2009 for possessing disproportionate assets worth Rs 4.25 crore.

Both the cases are pending in the Delhi High Court.

(With PTI inputs)