Convicted by a Delhi court in a corruption case, former Union Minister Sukhram on Saturday blamed some Congressmen of “conspiring” against him to get him framed by the CBI with the aim of “finishing” him politically.
“Disturbed by my growing popularity in the wake of telecom revolution brought by me in Himachal Pradesh and in the entire country as Communications Minister in the P V Narsimha Rao ministry, some of my own partymen conspired against me and worked overtime to get me framed by the CBI,” Sukhram told PTI over phone from Delhi.
He, however, refused to identify his detractors.
“People of Himachal Pradesh know who these people are so I need not spell their names,” said the leader, from whose houses the CBI had seized Rs 3.61 crore in cash 13 years ago.
The 82-year-old leader, who had in 45 years of political career won three Lok Sabha polls from Mandi and served as MLA seven times from his native Mandi Sadar seat, said he had no grudge against the Congress party.
Sukhram said he has already announced that he would not contest the coming Lok Sabha election as a “tainted” leader and also on health grounds. He ruled out that the conviction would have an adverse impact on the prospects of Congress in the polls, in Mandi in particular.
The Congress leader hoped he would get relief from the High Court in the case. “Now this is the only desire (coming out clean) left in me,” he added.