Having dodged his arrest for two days after the High Court asked him to surrender Former telecom minister Sukh Ram finally surrendered in a Delhi court on Saturday.
Earlier a Delhi court on Saturday had asked him surrender. “I will have to issue a non-bailable warrant against Sukh Ram. I am bound by the high court order and I have to comply with it,” said Special CBI Judge Sanjiv Jain.
Sukh Ram came in an ambulance and surrender before the court. He was later sent to the jail.
Former union minister Sukh Ram was asked to surrender on Thursday by the Supreme Court on Thursday. He that said he cannot do so as he is getting treatment in a city hospital. His lawyer informed the special court about his condition.
The other two accused former bureacrat Runu Ghosh and Hyderabad-based businessman P Rama Rao however surrendered before the court and were sent to jail.
The three had pleaded with the court for the relief but the later refused saying that their appeal against the Delhi High Court would be listed for hearing only after they surrender before the trial court.
The three had challenged the Delhi High Court order which had dismissed the appeal of Sukhram against his conviction in 1996 telecom scam and upheld a three-year jail sentences handed out to him by a trial court. Sukh Ram headed the telecom ministry in Narasimha Rao’s government.
The bench had directed them to surrender forthwith before the trial court. A division bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and GP Mittal had also upheld the conviction of ex-deputy director-general of the department of telecom (DoT) Runu Ghosh and Hyderabad-based Advanced Radio Masts (ARM) managing director P Rama Rao in the scam. The trial court had awarded two years of jail sentence to Runu Ghosh and three years to Hyderabad-based Advanced Radio Masts (ARM) managing director P Rama Rao.
Sukh Ram along with Renu Ghosh and Prama Rao was convicted by a trial court in a case related to the award of a contract to a Hyderabad firm for supplying telecom equipment to government at exorbitant rates.