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HC seeks CBI’s response on Thungon’s bail plea and appeal

The Delhi high court on Tuesday sought the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) reponse on a plea by former Union Minister PK Thungon, challenging his conviction and three-and-a half-year jail term in a corruption case relating to the allotment of government shops here in 1993-94.

Justice Siddharth Mridul also asked the agency to respond to Thungon’s bail plea and sought its reply by April 8 when the court will hear arguments on the application.

Thungon, also a former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, was convicted by the trial court for offences under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The trial court had also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Thungon, who at present is lodged in the Tihar jail. It had acquitted two other accused – Lakhpa Tsering and Krishna – in the case.

Thungon was the Minister of State for Urban Affairs and Employment at the time of the alleged offence when the Congress government was led by PV Narasimha Rao. Apart from them, then Urban Affairs and Employment Minister Sheila Kaul and one Tulsi Balodi were also accused in the case. 
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