Apex court extends Sukh Ram's interim bail

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on January 16, 2012

The former Minister for Communications, Mr Sukh Ram, being taken to Tihar Jail after being sentenced in the telecom scam (file photo)

In a relief to former Union Minister Mr Sukh Ram, sentenced to three years in jail in a 1993 telecom scam, the Supreme Court today extended his interim bail till August 7.

A Bench headed by Mr Justice P. Sathasivam also granted relief to former bureaucrat Ms Runu Ghosh and Hyderabad-based businessman Mr P. Rama Rao, who are also convicted in the same case.

The Bench listed the appeals filed by all three accused challenging their conviction and sentence to August 7.

The apex court had earlier issued notice to the CBI on January 9 while granting interim bail to all three accused which was expiring today.

The CBI, however, has not filed its reply in the case and on a query by the Bench, Additional Solicitor-General Mr Vivek Tankha said he was unaware whether the agency would file an appeal in the case or not.

Mr Tankha said he will take instructions from the agency.

86-year-old Sukh Ram was granted interim bail by the apex court after he had surrendered before a trial court to serve his three year sentence in the scam case.

Ms Ghosh and Mr Rao had also surrendered to serve their two and three—year jail terms respectively.

Earlier on December 21 last year, the Delhi High Court had upheld the lower court's 2002 judgment holding Mr Sukh Ram, Ms Ghosh and Mr Rao guilty of being part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the state exchequer by awarding a telecom equipment supply contract to Hyderabad’s Advanced Radio Masts which had supplied inferior goods at a higher rate to the DoT.

Published on January 16, 2012
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