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US Supreme Court rejects Rajat Gupta's appeal against conviction

Washington, April 20 (IANS) The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld the 2012 conviction of Rajat Gupta, the former Indian-American director of Goldman Sachs Group, in an insider trading case.

Gupta, the highest-profile executive convicted in a US crackdown on insider trading by Manhattan’s Indian-American prosecutor Preet Bharara, was accused of passing illegal tips to billionaire Galleon Group co-founder Raj Rajaratnam.

The tips included news about Goldman Sachs results and a $5 billion investment from Warren Buffett.

Gupta, 66, is currently serving a two-year term in a US federal jail. He was also ordered to pay a $5 million fine.

Gupta’s jail term is to end in March 2016.

He was convicted in June 2012 for passing to Raj Rajaratnam, a Sri Lankan-American former hedge fund manager and founder of the Galleon Group, confidential information he obtained from Goldman Sachs board meetings.

The high court rejected Gupta’s appeal of a March 2014 ruling by the New York-based lower court that had upheld his conviction.

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