Former union minister Thungon convicted for graft

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) A special court here has convicted former union minister P.K. Thungon in a 1998 corruption case.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge Ajay Kumar Jain on Monday convicted Thungon, also a former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, and three others in the corruption case. The order became public on Tuesday.

The court will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence on July 27.

Thungon, then the minister of state for urban development and employment in the P.V. Narasimha Rao government, along with the other accused, was involved in misappropriating money meant for an irrigation project in Nagaland.

According to the CBI, Thungan connived with officials of Nagaland’s irrigation and flood control department in placing a bogus order for sausage wire for a project during 1993-94.

Investigations revealed that no wire was supplied to the department but payments were made against bogus delivery.

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