DELHI HIGH COURT UPHOLDS CONVICTION OF FORMER TELECOM MINISTER SUKHRAM AND OTHERS IN A CBI CASE RELATING TO TELECOM EQUIPMENT SCAM

Press Release
New Delhi , 21-12-2011

 

 

The Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has upheld the conviction of former Union Telecom Minister Sukhram and others in connection with a case relating to Telecom Equipment Scam in 1996.

The Trial Court at New Delhi had, on July 5, 2002, convicted Sh. Sukhram former Union Telecom Minister and two others i.e. Smt. Runu Ghosh the then Deputy Director-General of the Department of Telecom (DoT) & Sh. P. Rama Rao, Managing Director of Hyderabad-based Advanced Radio Masts Ltd. (ARM), under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and sentenced Sh. Sukhram to undergo three years Rigorous Imprisonment with total fine of Rs. Two lakh; Sh. Rama Rao to undergo three years Rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs. Two lakh and Smt. Runu Gosh to undergo two years Rigorous imprisonment with total fine of Rs. One lakh. However, the Trial Court had granted them interim bail which was later extended by the High Court during the pendency of their appeals. The Hon’ble High Court maintained the sentence awarded by the Trial Court and has directed all the three accused persons to surrender before the trial court on 05.01.2012 for undergoing sentence.

The former Telecom Minister and others were held guilty for defrauding the state exchequer of Rs.1.68 crores (approx) by awarding the contract to M/s Advance Radio Mass Ltd. which had supplied inferior equipments on higher rates to the Deptt. of Telecom (DoT).


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