Congressman Mohammed Moquim’s jail sentence for loan fraud suspended – Reuters

By Express press service

CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court on Monday suspended the Special Vigilance Court order sentencing Barabati-Cuttack Congressman Mohammed Moquim to three years in prison in a loan scam case. On September 29, the Vigilance Court in Bhubaneswar convicted Moquim, former IAS officer and MD Orissa Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC) Vinod Kumar and two others in connection with the loan scam.

Moquim had filed a criminal appeal challenging the merits of the order on the grounds that she was “incurably defective and suffered from serious infirmities”. The appeal further argued that the trial court failed to assess the evidence and documents available in the record from a proper perspective and issued the sentencing order when the sentence was imposed without proper application of the ‘spirit. “The trial court’s finding finding Moquim guilty is perverse and untenable in law,” lead attorney Pitambar Acharya said on behalf of Moquim.

Moquim had filed three various requests for the suspension of the sentence and the granting of bail, the suspension of the fine of Rs 50,000 imposed by the court of first instance and the suspension of the sentence. The single judge of the seat of judge BP Routray admitted the criminal appeal, granted a stay of execution of the sentence and the imposition of a fine. Judge Routray also granted bail of Rs 1 lakh along with two bonds of a similar amount.

When HC argued for a stay of the sentencing order, State Vigilance asked for time. But Acharya insisted on an urgent hearing on the matter taking into account the gravity of the consequences of the conviction.

Judge Routray has set October 13 for further consideration of the case. On September 29, Moquim, a first provincial deputy, got instant relief and was not sent to prison after being sentenced to three years. According to the law, a court of first instance which sentences a person to three years’ imprisonment can grant him immediate release on bail.

According to case records, Moquim, representing Metro Group as MD, applied for a term loan of Rs 1.5 crore from ORHDC in June 2000 for an apartment project in the Nayapalli area. Kumar was then the Director General of ORHDC. Kumar did not submit the loan request to either the board or the loan committee for approval.

Kumar allegedly granted undue favors to the real estate company and illegally disbursed the loan between July and August 2000. The Vigilance department registered a case on March 30, 2005. During the investigation, the Vigilance allegedly discovered that the real estate company did not had not repaid the entire loan. Amount of the loan. As of July 31, 2007, the company’s loan outstanding amounted to Rs 6.2 crore.

The Vigilance also learned that the company had already benefited from loans from the ORHDC and had been found to be in default once. But Moquim claimed he had repaid a substantial part of the loan.

CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court on Monday suspended the Special Vigilance Court order sentencing Barabati-Cuttack Congressman Mohammed Moquim to three years in prison in a loan scam case. On September 29, the Vigilance Court in Bhubaneswar convicted Moquim, former IAS officer and MD Orissa Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC) Vinod Kumar and two others in connection with the loan scam. Moquim had filed a criminal appeal challenging the merits of the order on the grounds that she was “incurably defective and suffered from serious infirmities”. The appeal further argued that the trial court failed to assess the evidence and documents available in the record from a proper perspective and issued the sentencing order when the sentence was imposed without proper application of the ‘spirit. “The trial court’s finding finding Moquim guilty is perverse and untenable in law,” lead attorney Pitambar Acharya said on behalf of Moquim. Moquim had filed three various requests for the suspension of the sentence and the granting of bail, the suspension of the fine of Rs 50,000 imposed by the court of first instance and the suspension of the sentence. The single judge of the seat of judge BP Routray admitted the criminal appeal, granted a stay of execution of the sentence and the imposition of a fine. Judge Routray also granted bail of Rs 1 lakh along with two bonds of a similar amount. When HC argued for a stay of the sentencing order, State Vigilance asked for time. But Acharya insisted on an urgent hearing on the matter taking into account the gravity of the consequences of the conviction. Judge Routray has set October 13 for further consideration of the case. On September 29, Moquim, a first provincial deputy, got instant relief and was not sent to prison after being sentenced to three years. According to the law, a court of first instance which sentences a person to three years’ imprisonment can grant him immediate release on bail. According to case records, Moquim, representing Metro Group as MD, applied for a term loan of Rs 1.5 crore from ORHDC in June 2000 for an apartment project in the Nayapalli area. Kumar was then the Director General of ORHDC. Kumar did not submit the loan request to either the board or the loan committee for approval. Kumar allegedly granted undue favors to the real estate company and illegally disbursed the loan between July and August 2000. The Vigilance department registered a case on March 30, 2005. During the investigation, the Vigilance allegedly discovered that the real estate company did not had not repaid the entire loan. Amount of the loan. As of July 31, 2007, the company’s loan outstanding amounted to Rs 6.2 crore. The Vigilance also learned that the company had already benefited from loans from the ORHDC and had been found to be in default once. But Moquim claimed he had repaid a substantial part of the loan.

Rosalie M. Dehner