Guwahati: On Wednesday, a special court sent Sanghamitra Bharali, a former state government employee who was allegedly involved in a relationship with former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, to 4 years of precise imprisonment on charges of having disproportionate assets.
The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh failing which she has to endure an additional one-year of rigorous imprisonment.
The special court has also taken away her flat in Godabari complex located at Andheri, Mumbai and directed the chief secretary of Assam to take possession of the flat within 3 months.
In 2001, the state’s anti-corruption branch filed a case against her claiming that Sanghamitra, while serving as assistant language officer in the assembly from 1991 to 2002, took advantage of her controversial relationship with the chief minister Prafulla Mahanta and combined movable and immovable property.
The investigation agency said that “It was found that Sanghamitra, during her service period of 11 years, had drawn salaries of Rs 6,07,586. But she gathered property worth Rs 53, 06, 697. In 2012, she bought a flat worth Rs 11,79,000 at Housefed complex in Guwahati and another flat worth Rs 18 lakh at Godabari apartment, Andheri, Mumbai.”
Sanghamitra, who was present at the special court during the judgment, however, did not respond much. She said that “My lawyers will look into the matter.”
It is believed that Sanghamitra Bharali is supposed to have contributed to the fall of Prafulla Mahanta from elegance in the party.