Former union minister Sukh Ram found guilty of corruption (Lead)

February 20th, 2009 - 1:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) A city court Friday found former union minister Sukh Ram guilty of having amassed assets worth Rs.42.5 million between 1991 and 1996 that were disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge V.K. Maheshwari convicted Sukh Ram in the 13-year-old case under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The sentence will be pronounced Tuesday and the 82-year-old former minister can be jailed for up to seven years.

The CBI registered the graft case against Sukh Ram on Aug 27, 1996. The agency had conducted a raid on his residences here and in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, in 1996 and recovered Rs.36.2 million.

This case is an offshoot of a 1996 case relating to telecom equipment supply involving Sukh Ram, Runu Ghosh, then deputy director-general (lease-financing) of the Department of Telecom (DoT), and Hyderabad-based businessman Pataru Rama Rao.

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