Commonwealth Games: Court to sentence seven convicts on 2 September

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A Delhi court stated it would pronounce the quantum of sentence, tomorrow, on seven convicts who conspired to cause a loss of Rs 1.4 crore to the exchequer in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, street lighting scam.

The CBI prosecutor’s arguments and counsel for the convicts on quantum of sentence were heard by Special CBI Judge, Brijesh Garg, who fixed the case for tomorrow, to pronounce the order.

This is the first case relating to the CWG scam, which has been decided by the court. During the arguments, CBI prosecutor Praneet Sharma, said, the convicts had caused a loss of Rs 1.42 crore to Delhi Municipal Corporation, and maximum punishment of seven years should be awarded to them.

Citing Supreme Court judgments, Sharma argued that the court should not be lenient towards the convicts, including civic body SE, DK Sugan, EE, OP Mahla, accountant Raju V, and municipal tender clerk Gurcharan Singh, besides Sweska Powertech Engineering Pvt Ltd, its MD, TP Singh, and director JP Singh.

They were held guilty for criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery of valuable security, forgery for purpose of cheating, using forged documents as genuine under the IPC and section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Counsel for the six convicted persons sought leniency in punishment saying they had no criminal antecedents and have spent around 11 months in jail during the trial.

The court, in its 124-page judgement holding the accused guilty, said, the testimonies of CBI witnesses proved the case beyond doubt and established that all accused persons had connived together and committed illegal acts.

The street lighting scam is one of the 10 corruption cases in the run up to the holding of the October 2010 mega sports event.

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