Delhi HC suspends Sukh Rams 5-year sentence, grants him bail

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 29 2011, 08:44am hrs
In a relief for former telecom minister Sukh Ram, the Delhi High Court on Monday suspended the five-year sentence awarded to him in a graft case and granted him bail. A bench of justice Suresh Kait suspended the sentence keeping in view his old age and various ailments.

I suspend the sentence till disposal of case, the court said. The court released him on bail considering that he is an 86-year-old heart patient and keeping in view the medical report submitted by the Tihar Jail authorities, which said he suffered from heart diseases and cervical spondylitis. It directed Sukh Ram to furnish two sureties of R10 lakh and asked him not to leave the country without the prior permission of the court. The CBI had opposed his bail, saying he has been convicted twice earlier and is a habitual offender.

Sukh Ram, who had held the telecom portfolio in PV Narasimha Raos Cabinet, was convicted on November 17 in a cable contract case. He was handed out five years jail term by special CBI judge RP Pandey on November 19. He was convicted for misusing his position during his tenure in awarding a contract worth R30 crore to Haryana Telecom to supply 3.5 lakh conductor kilometres of PIJF cables to the telecom department after taking R3 lakh as bribe.