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 tehelka.com 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.

IANS