New Delhi: Congress leader Rasheed Masood, a Rajya Sabha member, was on Tuesday sentenced to four years in jail by a Delhi court after he was held guilty of fraudulently nominating undeserving candidates, including his own nephew, to MBBS seats allotted to Tripura in medical colleges across the country from the central pool as health minister in the National Front government of 1990.
With the sentence, Masood, 67, lost his Rajya Sabha seat as he became the first casualty of the Supreme Court judgement, delivered on July 10, which said that a member of parliament and state legislatures stands disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more and under some other laws even without jail sentence.
Masood, who was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing, will also lose the right to contest polls for the next 10 years since a convicted leader cannot fight elections for six years from the date of release from their prison.
Besides Masood, Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge J P S Malik also awarded four-year jail term each to two other public servants, Gurdial Singh, a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, and retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Amal Kumar Roy, who was then secretary of Tripura chief minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumdar.
The court, which convicted nine students in the case, also gave one-year imprisonment each to nine of them. It also imposed a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh on Singh, Rs 1 lakh on Roy, Rs 60,000 on Masood and Rs 40,000 each on the nine students. Majumdar, then Tripura’s chief minister, and his health minister, Kashi Ram Reang, were also accused in the case. They passed away during the trial. [Source: Telegraph, Zee News]