New York: Rejecting the prosecution's demand for a jail term, a federal judge here has sentenced prominent Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal to three years probation and a USD 500,000 fine on charges of illegally donating thousands of dollars to political campaigns.
Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal on Thursday avoided jail time and was sentenced to three years probation and a USD 500,000 fine on charges of illegally donating thousands of dollars to political campaigns.
Weeks before the sentencing of NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal on charges of conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions in the US, over 300 letters of support from his friends have been submitted to a court here detailing his humanitarian work to seek leniency.
Several top Democratic leaders in the US are returning the funds collected by Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal in the wake of his guilty plea to federal prosecutors for making thousands of dollars in illegal donations to political campaigns through "straw donors".
With Indian-American hotel magnate, the high-profile Sant Singh Chatwal, pleading guilty to federal campaign finance fraud, several prominent Democratic leaders are rushing to return or donate to charity cash collected by their major fund-raiser.
The Delhi High Court Thursday asked
a petitioner, challenging the decision to confer Padma Bhushan
on NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal, to show where has the
selection committee failed to meet the guidelines in his case
In the wake of a controversy
surrounding the Padma Bhushan given to Sant Singh Chatwal, the
Centre is trying to ascertain facts on the allegations of
criminal complaints registered against the NRI hotelier.
In the midst of a controversy over the Padma Bhushan awarded to him, NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal has said he had worked on behalf of PM Manmohan Singh in the US and listed the Indo-US nuclear deal among his achievements.