January 6th, 2012
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Former minister Sukhram under coma

minister Sukhram New Delhi: Former telecom Minsiter Sukhram, convicted in the1993 telecom scam, has gone into a coma, his counsel told a Delhi court. The former Union Minister was to surrender before a Delhi court to serve his three-year jail term. The 84-year-old ex-minister has been undergoing treatment at a hospital here.

His co-accused Runu Ghosh and P Rama Rao submitted themselves to the law to serve their sentences. Sukhram had cited medical reasons for not surrendering as his counsel told Special CBI Judge that the veteran politician has undergone angiography owing to his cardiac ailments and is hospitalised.

The former minister and others were held guilty for being part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the state exchequer by awarding a telecom equipment supply contract to Hyderabad-based Advanced Radio Masts (ARM) which had supplied inferior goods at a higher rate to the DoT.

While Sukhram and ARM’s Managing Director P Rama Rao had been sentenced to three year in jail each, former Department of Telecom (DoT) Deputy Director General Runu Ghosh had been sentenced to two year’s imprisonment for her role in the 1993 telecom scam case.







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