3 yrs jail for Ex-minister Sukhram in DA case

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3 yrs jail for Ex-minister Sukhram in DA case
New Delhi, Feb 25: In a landmark judgement, former Union minister Sukhram has been sentenced to three-year imprisonment in a Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

The minister has also been fined Rs two lakh. The court has also ordered forfeiture of Sukhram's disproportionate assets worth Rs 4.25 crore.

However, the Delhi court, granted bail to Sukhram on furnishing a personal bond and surity of Rs 50,000 each.

Sukhram was arrested in September 1996 for amassing assets worth Rs 4.25 crore. On Tuesday Feb 24, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) pleaded before a court to give the maximum punishment of seven years to Sukhram.

Advocate S P Minocha, who represented Sukhram, 82, pleaded for a lenient approach on account of the minister's poor health.

On Feb 20, the court had said, Sukhram, a cabinet colleague of Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, amassed disproportionate assets, both movable and immovable, to the tune of Rs 5.36 crore between 1991 and 1996.

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