November 28th, 2011
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Sukh Ram granted bail

Former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram has been granted bail and his sentence has been suspended by the Delhi High Court. Sukh Ram was sentenced to five-year imprisonment for taking Rs 3 lakh as bribe from a private firm in 1996, when he was the union telecom minister. A bench of Justice Suresh Kait suspended the sentence keeping in view his old age and various ailments. “I suspend the sentence till disposal of case,” the court said.

The court released him on bail considering that he is an 86-year-old heart patient and keeping in view the medical report submitted by the Tihar Jail authorities, which said he suffered from heart diseases and cervical spondylitis. It directed Sukh Ram to furnish two sureties of Rs 10 lakh and asked him not to leave the country without the prior permission of the court. The CBI had opposed his bail, saying he has been convicted twice earlier and is a habitual offender.

A trial court had on November 19 held Sukh Ram, 86, guilty of abusing his official position as telecom minister to award of contract worth Rs 30 crore to private firm Haryana Telecom Limited (HTL) to supply 3.5 lakh Conductor Kilometers of Polythene Insulated Jelly Filled cables to the telecom department. HTL chairman and Sukh Ram’s co-accused Devinder Singh Choudhary died during the trial.

A seven-time MLA and three-time MP, Sukh Ram was awarded a three-year jail term in 2002 under the Prevention of Corruption Act in a separate case relating to equipment supply.In 2009, Sukh Ram was held guilty of possessing disproportionate assets worth Rs 4.25 crore.


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