Former Union Minister Dilip Ray has been sentenced to three-year imprisonment in a coal scam case by a Delhi court.
He was convicted in the case of irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block in 1999, after hearing from both convicts and CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation).
During the hearing, CBI had sought life imprisonment for other convicts; Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, and Castron Technologies Ltd (CTL) director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla.
They were both senior officials of the Ministry of Coal at that time under BJP's Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Ray has been punished under 409 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which pertains to criminal breach of trust committed by a public servant.