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Insider trading: Rahul Bajaj happy about lenient sentence to Rajat Gupta

Press Trust of India
Oct 25, 2012 at 10:47pm IST

Mumbai: Industrialist Rahul Bajaj on Thursday welcomed the relatively lenient two-year jail term which a US court awarded to former McKinsey head Rajat Gupta for insider trading. "Under the American law, there was no way his request for community service without going to jail (would have been accepted). We knew he will go to jail...two years is a light sentence and we must thank the judge," the Bajaj Auto chairman said here, when asked for reaction.

Bajaj added that doing something like insider trading was "height of stupidity" which finished Gupta's career and hurt his family. The key message for businessmen, including the ones from India, was "don't make such mistakes, don't be greedy, don't be stupid," according to Bajaj.

"While the law is same for all, here (in India) sometimes the law is not implemented equally for the big and the small. Which big fish, after conviction, has gone to jail here?" Bajaj asked. Analjit Singh, a long-time friend of Gupta's and Max India chairman, said: "This is a part of the evolution, but it is very harsh on Rajat."

Rahul Bajaj happy about lenient sentence to Rajat Gupta

Bajaj added that doing something like insider trading was 'height of stupidity' which 'finished Gupta's career and hurt his family'.

Indian-American Gupta, a one-time Wall Street tycoon, was on Thursday awarded two years term in prison and a fine of USD 5 million by a New York Federal judge who termed his offences as "disgusting" and "terrible breach of trust".

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