‘Good man who did bad things’: Gupta gets 2 years in jail
Gupta, who was found guilty of leaking boardroom secrets to former hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam by a jury in June, will have to spend two years in jail and pay a fine of $5 million. The sentence — passed early on Thursday India time — was much more lenient than the maximum of eight years stipulated by US sentencing guidelines. The judge concluded that Gupta’s actions were the functional equivalent of stabbing Goldman Sachs in the back.
The hearing in an overflowing courtroom (an additional room was arranged for the screening of the proceedings) had its elements of drama. The judge was leaving after reading out the sentence when the defence sought further relaxations. The court agreed to push the surrender date to January 8, 2013, so that Gupta could spend the holidays with his family. Judge Rakoff also agreed to assign Gupta to a medium-security prison in Otisville in New York.
The defence highlighted the philanthropic initiatives spearheaded by Gupta, including his contributions to the fight against AIDS and malaria, a fact that was acknowledged by the judge.
“The court can say without exaggeration that it has