Gangtok: Former Chief Minister and the present president of state Congress unit, Nar Bahadur Bhandari on Wednesday was awarded a one month jail by the Sikkim High Court in a graft case.

However, after spending few hours in jail, Bhandari was rushed to the ICU of STNM hospital after he made a complaint regarding pain in the chest.

The state High Court on Tuesday heard two different graft cases against Bhandari.

Bandhari, who was accused of disproportionate assets case and for offences arising for works of Rural Water Supply (RWS) schemes under the Rural Development Department of the State government during 1983-84, was acquitted from the asset case but was found guilty in the latter.

He is convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act with a month’s imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 5,000. Both cases were investigated by the CBI. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 on Rural Development Secretary P K Pradhan and five others involved in RWS scam.

In 2008, Bhandari had challenged lower court decision in both the cases in the High Court. While disposing his appeal, the High Court reduced his 6-months prison term to one month.

Bhandari, who was Chief Minister thrice, told media persons that he was ready to go to jail for the people of Sikkim. He said he would return to politics after serving his prison term.

JPN/Bureau