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Telecom scam: Sukhram`s appeal referred to HC Div Bench

Last Updated: Friday, September 25, 2009 - 15:39

New Delhi: The fate of former Union Communications Minister Sukhram in a telecom scam case remained undecided as a single judge Bench of the Delhi High Court on Friday referred his appeal against the conviction and three years jail term to a Division Bench.

Justice S Muralidhar in his judgement said that the case
has to be referred to the Division Bench as several legal
issues are involved in it.

"There are certain legal issues which I have framed in
this case and it should be decided by a division Bench,"
Justice Murlidhar said while referring the matter in which two
others were convicted by the trial court in 2002 to a larger
Bench.

Sukhram was convicted and sentenced to three years
imprisonment for indulging in telecom scam causing loss of Rs
1.68 crore to the public exchequer during the regime of former
Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao.

He was convicted in July 2002 along with former Deputy
Director General in the Department of Telecom (DoT) Runu Ghosh
and managing director of the private firm M/S Advanced Radio
Ltd, P Ramarao.

A Special CBI Court had sentenced Sukhram to three years
imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on finding
him guilty for being part of the criminal conspiracy under
Indian Penal Code to defraud the exchequer by awarding the
contract to M/S ARM of Bangalore which had supplied inferior
equipment at a higher rate.

Sukhram was also convicted for the substantive offence
under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) and was sentenced
to three years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

The trial court which had said that sentences would run
concurrently, had granted bail to Sukhram, who had challenged
the judgement in the High Court.

Ghosh was sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine
of Rs 50,000 for her offence to be part of the criminal
conspiracy.

Ramarao was sentenced to three years rigorous
imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2 lakh.

All the accused were allowed to appeal against the
verdict and were granted bail subject to their furnishing a
bail bond of Rs 1 lakh with a surety each.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 25, 2009 - 15:39

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