GUWAHATI, Nov 21 – The Court of Special Judge, Assam (Guwahati)today convicted Sanghamitra Bharali on charges of possessing assets disproportionate to her known source of income and awarded rigorous imprisonment for four years with fine of Rs 10 lakh. In case of default in payment of fine, the accused will have to undergo another one year of rigorous imprisonment.
Special Judge Mazed Ali while convicting the accused person under Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has confiscated her flat at Mumbai and the Chief Secretary has been directed to take possession of the flat within three months.
The Chief Secretary of Maharashtra and the Police Commissioner, Mumbai have also been asked to provide necessary help to the Chief Secretary, Assam in taking possession of the flat.
Bharali while serving as the Assistant Language Officer in Assam State Assembly from 1991 to 2002 reportedly gathered movable and immovable properties including a huge bank balance, flats in Guwahati and Mumbai, besides expensive articles.
During the trial, it was also found that the accused Bharali during her service of 11 years had amassed properties worth Rs 53, 06,697compared to the salary drawn which stood at Rs 6, 07,586.
In 2002, she bought one High Income group flat worth Rs 11,79,000 at Housefed complex, Guwahati and another flat worth Rs 18 lakh at Godabari Apartment, Andheri, Mumbai. Bharali is also in possession of valuables worth several lakhs. She has also invested in share market.
During the course of trial, Dr Mondeep Das, former husband, who appeared as witness in this case, deposed that his wife had no properties in her name at the time of her marriage and that she started to live separately since 2001.
Investigation into the case was done by the Anti-corruption and Vigilance wing of Assam Police.