Case of corruption: TN Minister K Ponmudy and Wife receive a three-year prison sentence

Tamil Nadu higher education minister K Ponmudy and his spouse were sentenced to three years in prison by the Madras High Court on Thursday in a case involving disproportionate assets.

In addition to issuing the order, Judge G Jayachandran fined Ponmudy and his spouse Rs. 50 lakh apiece. In order to give him time to file an appeal with the Supreme Court, the Court also granted a one-month sentence suspension.

The minister and his wife were found guilty by the HC, which also handed down the punishment on Thursday.

Under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the couple was charged in 2011 by the DVAC while Ponmudy was the minister of mines between 2006 and 2011.

Ponmudy is the first Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam minister currently in office to receive a sentence related to corruption.

His 2016 acquittal by a special court (for cases against MPs/MLAs) in Villupuram was overturned by the high court on Tuesday. It granted the Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption’s (DVAC) 2017 appeal.

The court ordered the couple to appear in person to determine the exact length of their sentence after finding them guilty on Tuesday.

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