J&K: PDP leader sentenced to 3 years

  • PTI/HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 07, 2014 22:39 IST

Senior PDP leader Mohammad Dilawar Mir has been sentenced to three years by a Delhi court in a case related to wrongful release of Rs 30 lakh and contract for sale of urea to his firm by public sector National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) from 1993-1996.

While Mir, who was a minister in Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s cabinet, was awarded the imprisonment and a whopping fine of Rs 3.21 crore, a special CBI court sentenced 77-year-old Dilbagh Singh Kanwar, the then general manager of NFL, to two-and-a-half-year jail term.

Sixty-seven-year-old Mir, who is general secretary of the PDP, was named by his party as a candidate for the upcoming polls from Rafiabad seat of north Kashmir. Though Mir got bail and his sentence has been suspended till January 2, 2015, he won’t be able to contest the election.

Mir was then the proprietor of M/s Good Friends Agencies that was wrongly awarded the contract for the sale of urea, the court said.

Special CBI judge LK Gaur also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Kanwar. Out of Mir’s fine amount, Rs 3.19 crore would be given to NFL as compensation.

“In light of the fact that the NFL suffered a loss in 1994 of Rs 30 lakh at the hands of the convict Mohammad Dilawar Mir, it would be in the interest of justice that a suitable compensation be awarded to the NFL.
The court, in its 267-page judgment, said the prosecution had successfully proved that Kanwar, in conspiracy with Mir, had abused his position as a public servant while working as NFL’s general manager (marketing) by awarding the contract to Mir’s firm, flouting the existing practices.

It said there was no necessity of awarding the contract and Kanwar also released Rs 30 lakh as an advance payment despite it being clear that no services had been rendered under the contract by Mir.

Kanwar and Mir were convicted for the offences of criminal conspiracy under the IPC and criminal conduct and abuse of position by a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The court, however, allowed their bail plea and suspended their sentence till January 2 to enable them to file an appeal against their conviction and sentence. Both the convicts were released on bail.

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