20 yrs on, Jaitly convicted of graft

New Delhi, July 25

Samata Party’s ex-president Jaya Jaitly and two others have been convicted by a courtroom right here in a virtually 20-year-old graft case associated to a purported defence deal that stemmed from a sensational sting operation by Tehelka information portal.

Maj Gen (R) responsible too

  • A sting operation almost 20 years in the past confirmed Samata Party’s former president taking bribe from a fictitious agency
  • Her ex-party colleague Gopal Pacherwal and Maj Gen SP Murgai (retd) too have been convicted

Special CBI decide Virender Bhat held Jaitly, her former celebration colleague Gopal Pacherwal and Major General SP Murgai (retd) responsible of corruption and felony conspiracy.

‘Operation Westend’ was aired by information portal Tehelka in January 2001 during which the accused purportedly accepted bribe from a fictitious firm for provide orders for handheld thermal imagers from the Army.

She did it with the “motive to exercise influence upon public servants in the matter to get supply orders from the Ministry of Defence for equipment for the firm”.

The conferences came about on the official residence of the then Defence Minister George Fernandes.

In its July 21 order, the courtroom noticed that whereas Jaitly accepted unlawful gratification of Rs 2 lakh from Mathew Samuel, a consultant of the fictional firm (Westend International), Murgai obtained Rs 20,000.

The three accused, together with Surender Kumar Surekha, who later turned approver, have been a celebration to the felony conspiracy, the courtroom held. It is alleged {that a} sum of Rs 1 lakh was paid to Surekha for his help within the matter.

The CBI filed the charge- sheet in 2006. The courtroom is scheduled to listen to arguments on the quantum of sentence on July 29. — Agencies

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