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Sukh Ram convicted
Faces a maximum of seven years in jail

New Delhi, February 20
Thirteen years after Rs 2.45 crore in cash was seized from his residence here, former Union Communications Minister Sukh Ram was today convicted on charges of amassing Rs 4.25 crore disproportionate assets during his tenure in PV Narasimha Raos cabinet.

He faces a maximum punishment of up to seven-year jail term. The quantum of sentence is likely to be announced on Tuesday. Special CBI Judge V K Maheshwari held the 82-year-old politician from Himachal Pradesh guilty under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with criminal misconduct of a public servant.

Vide my separate judgment, the accused is convicted, he said, delivering the verdict in the 13-year-old case. Sukh Ram was not present in the court when the verdict was announced.

The court had exempted him from personal appearance to allow him to appear in another court case in the city.

In its 150-page judgment, the court differed with the CBIs computation of Sukh Rams disproportionate assets and reduced the amount from Rs 5.36 crore to Rs 4.25 crore. His illegal assets included Rs 2.45 crore cash recovered from his official residence here and Rs 1.16 crore from his house in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. These were amassed during 1991 to 1996. PTI

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