Ex-minister Rakesh Dhar gets 3 yrs imprisonment, gets bail

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Prayagraj, Dec 22 (UNI)- Former cabinet minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi was sentenced to three years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 10 lakh by a special court here in a disproportionate assets case on Friday, a prosecution counsel said.

Government Counsel Gulab Chandra Agrahari said that the MP-MLA court of Dr Dinesh Chandra Shukla held Tripathi guilty and sentenced him to three years imprisonment with fine. ‘He was later granted bail by the court,” Agrahari said.

He said that on June 18, 2013 inspector of Vigilance Establishment Ram Subhag Ram lodged a case of disproportionate assets against the former minister. “During the vigilance inquiry Tripathi’s expenditure was found in excess of him and his family members,” he said.

It may be noted that once Tripathi was considered as a stalwart of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

He quit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the 2007 assembly election and joined BSP. He contested 2007 polls from Handiya assembly seat and emerged victorious after which he was appointed as the Higher Education Minister.

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