Bangaru Laxman appeals against jail term

New Delhi, May 9: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman moved the Delhi High Court Wednesday against a trial court verdict jailing him for four years for accepting a bribe from a fake arms dealer in a 10-year-old graft case.

A Central Bureau of Investigation special court April 28 jailed the 72-year-old Laxman after holding him guilty of taking a bribe and also fined him Rs.1 lakh.

Laxman’s counsel told IANS that the matter would come up for hearing Friday.

The case dates to 2001 when news portal carried out a sting operation that caught Laxman on camera receiving money from a journalist posing as an arms dealer. He later resigned as BJP chief.

Tehelka had released CDs showing Laxman accepting money for promise of assistance to a fictitious Britain-based company M/s West End International in securing a contract for the supply of thermal imagers to the Indian Army.