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Sukh Ram gets bail in assets case

New Delhi, April 22
The Delhi High Court today granted interim bail to former Union Communications Minister Sukhram, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case by a lower court.

Justice S Muralidhar suspended the operation of sentence till May 14 and issued notice to the CBI to file its reply on his petition challenging his conviction and sentence in the assets case.

The octogenarian Congress leader was sentenced in a 13-year-old corruption case by the lower court on February 24.

The court had also ordered forfeiture of Rs 4.25 crore disproportionate assets amassed during his tenure in the PV Narasimha Rao government.

The court had then suspended his sentence for two months giving an opportunity for him to appeal in the High Court against his conviction in the case in which the CBI had seized a whopping Rs 3.61 crore in cash from his houses in Delhi and other places.

He was also slapped with a Rs 2 lakh fine by the court which did not award him the maximum imprisonment of seven years under the Prevention of Corruption Act. PTI

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