A bench of justice Suresh Kait suspended the sentence keeping in view his old age and various ailments.
Sukhram, who had held the telecom portfolio in P V Narasimha Rao's cabinet, was convicted on November 17 in a cable contract case. He was handed out five years jail term by Special CBI judge R P Pandey on November 19 and sent to jail. The Central Bureau of Investigation had opposed his bail, saying he has been convicted twice earlier and is a habitual offender.
He was convicted for misusing his official position during his tenure as Telecom Minister in award of a contract worth Rs 30 crore to Haryana Telecom Limited, a private firm, to supply 3.5 lakh conductor kilometres of PIJF cables to the telecom department after taking Rs 3 lakh as bribe.
Sukhram had earlier been convicted in two separate corruption cases in 2002 and 2009 but remained out of jail after suspension of his sentence.
CBI opposed his bail. It shows that CBI is an independent body. Its not biased by Government. Its not the puppet in hands of Government. It also shows that Government gives CBI total freedom of judging in cases which are assigned to them.
I think its good that CBI is working against corruption. Whats your say?