| NEW YORK, June 17
NEW YORK, June 17 Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc
director Rajat Gupta on Tuesday lost his challenge to a
$13.9 million civil penalty and a permanent ban from acting as
an officer for a public company, the same day he was scheduled
to begin serving a two-year prison sentence.
In a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
rejected Gupta's claim that the penalty and ban were excessive.
A federal jury convicted the 65-year-old in June 2012 of
passing confidential information he learned from Goldman board
meetings to Raj Rajaratnam, the former billionaire and founder
of the Galleon Group hedge fund.
Rajaratnam is serving an 11-year prison sentence. His
younger brother, Rengan, a former Galleon portfolio manager,
went on trial on Tuesday in New York on charges that he engaged
in an insider trading scheme with his brother.
Gupta was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence as well as
$6 million in restitution to Goldman and a $5 million fine as a
result of his criminal conviction.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a
parallel civil action against Gupta, leading to a $13.9 million
penalty and a lifetime ban from acting as a public company's
officer. Gupta had appealed the civil sanctions as unwarranted.
Gupta's attorney, Seth Waxman, did not immediately respond
to a request for comment on Tuesday. An SEC spokesman declined
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, who oversaw both the
criminal and civil cases, had found Gupta was unlikely to commit
future crimes at his criminal sentencing but nevertheless
imposed a permanent ban in his civil case. On Monday, Waxman had
argued to the 2nd Circuit that Rakoff's positions were
But a unanimous three-judge panel said on Tuesday that the
standard in a criminal context was different from that in a
Gupta was scheduled to report to federal prison on Tuesday.
He previously lost an appeal of his conviction before a panel of
judges at the 2nd Circuit but has asked the full court to rehear
The case is U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v.
Gupta, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 13-3062.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)