Ranchi: A CBI court at Ranchi on Thursday sentenced former Jharkhand minister DulalBhuyan to five years of imprisonment in connection with a disproportionate assets case.
Judge Anil Kumar Mishra also slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Bhuyan. If he fails to pay the fine amount, Bhuyan will have to spend one more year in jail. According to CBI sources, the FIR against Bhuyan was lodged in 2013, following a Jharkhand High Court directive for an investigation by the central probe agency.
The probe revealed that Bhuyan possessed assets worth Rs 1.03 crore, an amount disproportionate to his known sources of income, and the chargesheet was filed in 2014. During the trial, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced 21 witnesses against Bhuyan.
A three-time Jharkhand MuktiMorcha (JMM) MLA from Jugsalai Assembly constituency, Bhuyan was the land and revenue minister in the Shibu Soren and MadhuKoda governments between 2005 and 2009.