Ex-Union Minister PK Thungon Convicted In 1993-94 Graft Case

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Ex-Union Minister PK Thungon Convicted In 1993-94 Graft Case

The CBI had claimed PK Thungon allegedly committed offence of criminal breach of trust to cause undue pecuniary advantage to his relatives and friends. (File photo)


New Delhi:  Former Union Minister PK Thungon, who is in jail in a graft case, was today convicted by a Delhi court for his alleged role in a scam relating to allotment of government shops here during 1993-94.

Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal, however, acquitted two other accused in the case - Lhakpa Tsering and Krishna, who were facing trial in this case along with Thungon, then Urban Affairs and Employment Minister Sheila Kaul, and one Tulsi Balodi.

Proceedings against Ms Kaul and Ms Balodi were abated after the court was informed that they died during the pendency of trial.

The court, which will hear arguments on sentence tomorrow, held Thungon, also former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, guilty of offences under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC read with sections 13d(iii)(if while holding office as a public servant, obtains for any person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage without any public interest) and other provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Thungon was, in July 2015, awarded a four-and-a-half year jail term in a 1998 graft case relating to misappropriation of central funds.

A case was registered by the CBI in 1996 against Ms Kaul, Mr Tsering, Krishna and Ms Balodi for allegedly hatching a conspiracy in allotting shops and stalls in 1994.

According to CBI, the five accused allegedly conspired during September 1993 to June 1994 with the object of dishonestly and fraudulently obtaining undue benefit in the allotment of shops on economical licence fee basis in contravention of rules governing such allotments.

The CBI had claimed that Ms Kaul and Thungon allegedly committed offence of criminal breach of trust to cause undue pecuniary advantage to their relations and friends, Mr Tsering, Krishna and Ms Balodi and dishonestly allowed these three to convert to their own the government shops entrusted to the minister.

It had said that in pursuance to conspiracy, Ms Kaul abused her official position as Minister and in the capacity of custodian of government shops, dishonestly and without any public interest sanctioned allotments of three shops without calling for any tenders of applications from general public on mere recommendation of Thungon in a market opposite Red Fort.

The agency had also alleged in the charge sheet that Ms Kaul caused huge pecuniary advantage to Mr Tsering, Mr Krishna and Ms Balodi and corresponding loss to the state exchequer.

The CBI said the case was registered after the Supreme Court in 1996 directed the agency to probe the allegations of corruption and bribery in the matter of out-of-turn allotment of government shops and lodge cases against the offenders.

The three shops were alloted on April 9, 1994 and May 12, 1994, the agency had said.

The court had framed charges against the accused in March 2009 for the offences of criminal conspiracy read with criminal beach of trust by public servant of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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