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Death Sentence to Corrupt China's Rly Minister and in India..?

China's former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun was on Monday given a suspended death sentence by a court here for corruption and abuse of power. Here in India the CBI on July 2, sought to justify its decision to make Pawan Kumar Bansal a witness in the alleged Rs.10 crore cash-for-post railway bribery scandal by saying that the agency has not found any evidence of the former railway minister's involvement in it. It means at the time of bribery incident Minister’s presence is necessary! One accused Ajay Garg has got bail today.

Death Sentence to Corrupt China's Rly Minister and in India?

 

During arguments on the bail pleas of arrested accused Rahul Yadav, Sameer Sandhir and Sushil Daga, their lawyer told the court that the CBI is "implicating" them and they were not involved in the "principal conspiracy" in the case.

 

 "The day when you (CBI) made Mr Bansal as a witness in this case, this court should have discharged all the accused. In which direction the investigation is going on?

 

 "They (CBI) are implicating these poor persons (Yadav, Sandhir and Daga) and the person who should have been made accused is set free," advocate S K Sharma told Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma who reserved the order on their bail plea for May 9.


In China now:

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official said Bansal was not present when suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar met his nephew Vijay Singla.

 

 

DNA reports The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court, which is conducting the trial, announced the stiff verdict handing down death sentence to 60-year-old Liu, state-run Xinhua news agency reported quoting verdict.

 

 He was accused of accepting bribes to the tune of USD 10.53 million over 25 years.

 

 "The combined punishment for Liu's crimes is death penalty with a two-year reprieve, deprival of political rights for life, and confiscation of all personal property," the court said.

 

 Liu was also sentenced to 10 years in jail for abuse of power, according to the court verdict. He headed the railways from 2003 to 2011, during whose tenure China had embarked on the high speed network linking different parts of the country.

 

 His suspended death sentence would come up for judicial review after two years. The stiff sentence against him comes in the wake of promise by China's new leadership headed by President Xi Jinping to crackdown hard on corruption which they said threatened the over 60-year-old hold of the ruling Communist Party on China.

 

 A number of middle rung leaders and officials got similar punishments for corruption as well as sexual misconduct.

 

 The court found that from 1986 to 2011, he took advantage of his positions as official of local railway bureaus as well as the former Ministry of Railways, and helped 11 people, Shao Liping and Ding Yuxin included, win promotions, project contracts, and cargo transportation contracts.

 

 During his tenure as railways minister, Liu helped Ding Yuxin and her relatives to win cargo transportation contracts and railway construction contracts.

 

 He also helped them in the acquisition of shares in a bullet train wheel set company, and with enterprise financing, by breaking regulations and applying favoritism, which allowed Ding and her family to reap huge profits and inflicted colossal losses in the public assets, violating rights and interests of the state and the people.

 

 The court held that Liu's crime of bribery involves especially huge amount of money with especially serious circumstances, and his crime of abuse of power had caused colossal losses in the public assets, violating rights and interests of the state and the people.


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