Ex-Union minister PK Thungon given jail term in graft case
Former union minsiter PK Thungon on Monday was sentneced to a four-and-a-half year jail term by a Delhi court in a 1998 case of misappropriation of funds.india Updated: Jul 27, 2015 17:03 IST
Former union minsiter PK Thungon on Monday was sentneced to a four-and-a-half year jail term by a Delhi court in a 1998 case of misappropriation of funds.
Special CBI judge Ajay Kumar Jain also imposed a total fine of Rs 10,000 on 68-year-old Thungon, a former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
The court awarded three-and-a-half years imprisonment to the two other convicts, Tali AO and C Sangit, while fourth convict Mahesh Maheshwari was awarded two-and-a-half years jail term in the case.
It imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on Tali AO and that of Rs 4,000 each on Sangit and Maheshwari.
During arguments held earlier in the day, CBI had sought "approporiate sentence" for Thungon and the three other convicts.
The agency prosecutor told the court that Thungon had held high office, having been the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh and a minister of state at the Centre, but he still committed the crime.
"An appropriate sentence should be awarded to Thungon while keeping in view his stature. The three other convicts helped him in the conspiracy, so appropriate sentence should be given to them," the prosecutor submitted.
He also said that four other cases were still pending against Thungon.
Thungon's counsel contended before the court that all the other cases pending against his client were arising out of a single FIR lodged by CBI in an alleged housing scam case and that he was the only one to look after his ailing wife who is suffering from various serious ailments.
The court had on July 21 convicted Thungon, who was the then minister of state for Urban Affairs and Employment, Tali AO, C Sangit and Mahesh Maheshwari in the case and sent them to jail.
All the four convicts were brought to the court on Monday from the prison.
According to CBI, in pursuance to the proposal of Nagaland government, the then Planning Commission had sanctioned an amount of Rs two crore in 1994 for renovation and upgradation of minor irrigation projects for the state and the money was to be released in two instalments of Rs one crore each. It had said that the accused had misappropriated the funds.
The counsel, appearing for the other three convicts, had also sought leniency on the ground that no other cases were pending against them.
The court while convicting them, had observed that facts of the case highlighted the "pathetic condition of administrative affairs of Nagaland" as Rs two crore were misappropriated by accused persons but no complaint in this regard was initiated.