Tamil Nadu minister sacked as court hands him, wife 3 years jail | India News – Times of India

 Tamil Nadu minister sacked as court hands him, wife 3 years jail | India News - Times of India

CHENNAI: Two days after the Tamil Nadu minister found Ponmudi guilty corruption Case, Madras High Court On Thursday, he and his wife were sentenced to three years in prison, besides being fined Rs 50 lakh each. However, the convicted couple were not sent to jail as Justice G Jayachandran suspended the sentence for 30 days so that they could approach the Supreme Court for an appeal.
Ponmudi quit as minister on Tuesday after the judge convicted him under provisions of the Anti-Corruption Act. incompetence Regardless of the amount of punishment, from holding public office.

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On Thursday, Ponmudi and his wife P Vishalakshi were present in the court and presented their medical records. His lawyer said that Ponmudi is 72 years old, his wife is 68 years old. Both have a medical history of the disease. He said that considering that the order of acquittal has been reversed by the trial court, the minimum sentence can be imposed.
While recording their submissions, the court said, “Considering the fact that A1 (Ponmudi) is currently the Minister for Higher Education and the health condition of the accused, the trial court to undergo the sentence imposed. 30 days have been given to surrender.” Justice Jayachandran added that if the accused fail to surrender on or before January 22, 2024, the trial court will execute the warrant and secure the accused. .

On December 19, the court set aside a 2016 order by the Villupuram MP/MLA court acquitting Ponnamudy and his wife in a 2011 disproportionate assets case by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption. was entered by
In April 2016, a Villupuram court acquitted the minister and his wife on grounds that the prosecution had failed to prove that their wealth of Rs 1.72 crore was disproportionate to their known sources of income. He was Minister of Mines and Minerals at Ponmudi. DMK During 2006-2011 Govt.
DVAC filed an appeal in the High Court challenging the acquittal. The High Court allowed the appeal and set aside the order of the trial court.

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