Court convicts Thungon in 1993 graft case

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A court on Wednesday convicted former union minister P.K. Thungon in a corruption case related to the allotment of government shops here during 1993-94.

Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal convicted Thungon on charges of criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The court will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence on Thursday. The court acquitted two other accused, Lhakpa Tsering and Krishna.

Two other accused, former Urban Affairs and Employment Minister Sheila Kaul and Tulsi Balodi, died during the trial.

In 1996, the CBI registered a case against Thungon and the others for allegedly hatching a conspiracy in allotting shops and stalls in 1994.

It has said that in pursuance to the conspiracy, Kaul abused her official position and sanctioned the shops without calling for any tender from the general public on the mere recommendation of Thungon.

The CBI said this caused a huge pecuniary loss to the government. Thungon is also serving four and a half years in jail in a 1998 corruption case.

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