New Delhi, July 25
Former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitly and two others have been convicted by a court docket 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.
Special CBI decide Virender Bhat held Jaitly, her former celebration colleague Gopal Pacherwal and Major General S.P. Murgai (retd) responsible of corruption and legal conspiracy.
‘Operation Westend’ was aired by information portal Tehelka in January 2001 by which the accused purportedly accepted bribe from a fictitious firm for provide orders for handheld thermal imagers from the military.
The conferences came about within the official residence of the then defence minister George Fernandes.
In its July 21 order, the court docket noticed that whereas Jaitly accepted unlawful gratification of Rs 2 lakh from Mathew Samuel, a consultant of the fictional firm Westend International, Murgai acquired Rs 20,000.
The three accused, together with Surender Kumar Surekha who later turned an approver, had been a celebration to the legal conspiracy, the court docket held.
All the three accused — Jaitly, Pacherwal and Murgai — had been convicted of the offence of conspiracy (Section 120-B IPC learn with Section 9 (Taking gratification, for train of private affect with public servant) of Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
Jaitly and Murgai had been additionally convicted individually underneath Section 9 of PC Act.
The court docket is scheduled to listen to arguments on quantum of sentence on July 29. — PTI