New Delhi: Former BJP president Bangaru Laxman, convicted by a Delhi court in a bribery case, on Monday resigned from the party's national executive committee.

Laxman, who has been sentenced for four years and fined Rs 1 lakh for accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh in a fake arms deal in 2001, sent his resignation to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari.

"I have been convicted by a trial court. Though I am not holding any post in the party, I am member of national executive. In order to avoid any embarrassment being caused to the party, I hereby resign from the national executive committee of the party," he said in his letter. However, he will continue to be a BJP member.
Laxman was caught in a sting operation and was asked by the BJP to step down within hours of the case coming to light. However, he was still active in the BJP and used to attend national executive committee meetings of the party.

Gadkari had tried to give Laxman a larger role after he became president. Laxman is likely to appeal against the judgement in higher court. He has also been arrested and sent to Tihar jail.