New Delhi, Feb. 24 -- A special CBI court in Delhi on Tuesday sentenced a sand mining baron from Tamil Nadu, S Vaikundarajan, to three years in jail and a fine of Rs.5 lakh for bribing an environment ministry scientist to get approval for a special economic zone (SEZ) in Tamil Nadu in 2016. Neeraj Khatri, a scientist dealing with files related to terms of reference for environmental approvals in the ministry, was sentenced to five years in jail and fine of Rs.4 lakh for accepting a bribe of up to Rs.7 lakh, the court order said.

An associate of Vaikundarajan, 65, Subbalakshmi, was also convicted for arranging the deal between Khatri and the businessman. A fine of Rs.10 lakh was also imposed on Vaikundarajan's company, VV Minerals, for tr...