Former Rajya Sabha MP Lalhming Liana

New Delhi: Lalhming Liana, a former two-time Rajya Sabha MP from Mizoram, was sentenced to a three-year jail term by city court in New Delhi for faking air tickets to claim reimbursement of travel allowance.

Liana, a member of the Mizo National Front (MNF) party, was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 2002 and then again re-elected in 2008 during the MNF government in the state.

Liana was convicted for cheating, forgery and using forged document as genuine under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

He was also imposed a fine of Rs 11 lakh.

“The convict has forged the e-tickets on his computer and the tickets are for the period 2012-13. Convict also submitted the TA (travel allowance) bills on the basis of forged and fake tickets to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat and TA bills were submitted in the year 2012-13,” special CBI judge NK Malhotra said after pronouncing the sentence on November 30.

He was convicted for the offence on November 29.

The court also said it was proved that Liana had submitted TA bills amounting to Rs 11,19,926 which also included the travel by companion and the actual fare of companion free scheme (CFS) was Rs 81,373.

The CBI had named Liana in a charge sheet alleging that during his second term as Rajya Sabha MP from July 2008 to July 2014, he submitted fake TA bills for reimbursement and claimed excess money than the actual amount paid by him for travel in CFS of Air India.

The agency had alleged that he had claimed excess of over Rs 10.3 lakh from Rajya Sabha.

The court had in August 2015, framed charges against him for the offences under the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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