Indian court convicts ruling party lawmaker of graft
NEW DELHI (AFP) - A lawmaker from India's ruling Congress party was jailed on Tuesday for four years for corruption, becoming the first MP to lose his parliamentary seat under new rules for convicted politicians, reports said.
Rasheed Masood, 66, was convicted last month of cheating, conspiracy and forgery in a nearly 20-year-old graft case that involved fraudulent nominations of students in medical colleges.
The court which sentenced Masood Tuesday also imposed four-year jail terms on two retired bureaucrats and one year of imprisonment on nine students in the case, the Press Trust of India (PTI) and other media reported.
V.N. Ojha, a lawyer for the Central Bureau of Investigation which led the trial, told the judge that Masood had "spoiled the career of meritorious students" by nominating undeserving candidates including his own nephew.