GANGTOK, November 16: Former health minister OT Bhutia was convicted yesterday by a lower court in a Disproportionate Assets case.
District (North and East) Session Judge S.W.Lepcha announced the verdict yesterday on a case that was filed by the State Vigilance Directorate in 1995.
A minister during the previous 14 years Sikkim Sangram Parishad government led by NB Bhandari, Mr. Bhutia was a legislature from the Rumtek constituency, East Sikkim.
It is the first Disproportionate Assets case filed by the Directorate of State Vigilance to have received a conviction by a court in Sikkim.
Mr. Bhutia has been charged with misusing Rs.40 lakhs during his tenure as a two term Health Minister from 1984-1993.
The Session Judge has reserved the pronouncement of the quantum of the sentence which is expected to be announced tomorrow in open court