NEW YORK, March 25 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a bid by former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta to overturn his insider trading conviction.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the claim by Gupta, also a former global managing director of consulting firm McKinsey & Co, that his trial judge improperly admitted wiretap evidence.
Gupta had appealed his June 2012 conviction and two-year prison term for having fed confidential tips from Goldman board meetings in the second half of 2008 to Raj Rajaratnam, a longtime friend and head of the Galleon Group hedge fund firm.
Rajaratnam was also convicted of insider trading, and is serving an 11-year prison term.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)