Ex-minister Sukhram convicted in assets case

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Ex-minister Sukhram convicted in assets case
New Delhi, Feb 20: Former Union Communications Minister Sukhram was convicted by a Delhi Court on Friday, Feb 20 in a disproportionate assets case. He had amassed Rs 4.25 crore of disproportionate assets which included seizure of Rs 2.45 crore from his residence in New Delhi in 1996.

The court would pronounce the quantum of sentence against Sukhram on February 24. Special CBI Judge V K Maheshwari held the former minister Sukhram, 82 from Himachal Pradesh guilty under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The maximum sentence for the offences he is convicted for is seven years. CBI had alleged that Sukhram amassed disproportionate assets up to Rs 5.36 crore between 1991 to 1996 .The CBI registered the case against the former MP on August 27, 1996 under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. It had filed the charge sheet in the case on June 9, 1997.

Sukhram was not present in the court to hear the verdict as he was appearing in another criminal case pending in the Rohini District.

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