New Delhi, July 19: Former communication minister and Himachal Vikas Congress (HVC) chief Sukh Ram has filed an appeal before the Delhi High Court challenging his conviction by the trial court in the telecom equipment purchase scam.
The appeal filed through advocate Anil Nag sought setting aside of the trial court judgement of July 5 and his acquittal on corruption charges in the purchase of 3000 marr(2/15) systems for the year 1992-93.
Sukh Ram was convicted and sentenced to three years Rigorous Imprisonment with a fine of Rs two lakhs by a Delhi court for causing a loss of Rs 1.68 crore to the exchequer by favouring a private party in an equipment purchase contract almost a decade ago.
Designated CBI Judge V K Jain said that in the purchase of radio equipment from Hyderabad-based company Advanced Radio Masts (ARM) Ltd in 1993-94, then telecom minister Sukh Ram, deputy director general of Department of Telecom (DoT) Runu Ghosh and company owner P Rama Rao entered into a criminal conspiracy to cause "wrongful loss to the government."
The court had sentenced Sukh Ram on two counts - one for criminal conspiracy under section 120-b of IPC and under section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for abusing the official position to cause wrongful gain to others and consequent loss to the government.
On both counts, the court sentenced him to three years Rigorous Imprisonment and imposed fines of Rs one lakh each. The court said the sentences would run concurrently.