Rajat Gupta, the former Goldman Sachs director found guilty of insider trading in 2012, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow him to remain free on bail so he doesn’t have to report to prison next week.
Bloomberg News reports that Gupta, who is also a former McKinsey & Co. managing partner, is the highest-profile executive convicted in a U.S. crackdown on insider trading at hedge funds. He was found guilty of passing illegal tips to the billionaire Galleon Group co-founder, Raj Rajaratnam. Gupta is scheduled to surrender to prison authorities on June 17 to begin a two-year sentence.
Gupta asked Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for an order continuing his bail while he appeals the conviction. Gupta argued in papers filed with the court yesterday that there’s no risk he will flee and he’s likely to win his Supreme Court appeal based on legal errors he claims were made in his case.
Gupta, 65, said that if the Supreme Court agrees to review his conviction after he reports to prison, he’ll have served at least half the two-year sentence before his case is decided.
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