India’s Former Minister And Wife Sentenced For Corruption
In Tamil Nadu, India, former minister K Ponmudy and his wife have been sentenced to three years in prison by Justice G Jayachandran of the High Court. The court also imposed a fine of INR 5 million on each of them. The couple faced charges related to violating the Prevention of Corruption Act from 2006 to 2011 during Ponmudy’s tenure as the minister of mines. The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) filed the charges in 2011.
This legal development is significant as Ponmudy, a member of the ruling party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, is the first minister from the party to receive a sentence related to corruption.
The high court overturned Ponmudy’s 2016 acquittal by a special court, and the appeal filed by DVAC in 2017 was granted. The court has ordered both Ponmudy and his wife to appear in person to determine the exact length of their sentence after finding them guilty. This outcome underscores the commitment to addressing corruption within the political landscape and highlights the legal consequences for those involved in corrupt practices.