New Delhi: In a huge embarrassment to BJP, a Delhi Court on Saturday awarded four years jail term and Rs one lakh fine to former party President Bangaru Laxman in 11 years-old bribery case.

Additional Sessions Judge Kanwal Jeet Arora had on Friday convicted him for taking bribe from fake arms dealers to recommend to the Defence Ministry to award them a contract to supply thermal binoculars to the Army.

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Bangaru had pleaded the court for leniency on health grounds, citing he has undergone bypass surgery twice and is a first time offender.

"I have health problems as I have undergone bypass surgery twice and suffering from diabetes. I have never been involved in any such case before. So, I should be given the minimum sentence," Bangaru had pleaded.

However, the probing agency CBI had pleaded the court for maximum punishment to the ex-BJP President.


Bangaru is convicted under Section 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act which relates to "taking gratification, for exercise of personal influence with public servant" and entails a maximum punishment of five years imprisonment and a minimum of six months.


Bangaru was caught on camera accepting bribe of Rs one lakh in a 2001 fictitious defence deal case during a sting operation conducted by newsportal The video CDs, which were released by the portal on March 13, 2001, had sparked a political storm following which Bangaru resigned as BJP chief.

The scribes posed themselves as representatives of a fictitious UK-based company West End International and were seeking his recommendation to the ministry for supply of hand-held thermal imagers for the Indian Army.

As per the CBI chargesheet, Tehelka scribes had held eight meetings with Bangaru between December 23, 2000, and January 7, 2001, projecting themselves as supplier of defence- related products.

The CBI had alleged that Bangaru had accepted Rs one lakh from the representatives of the purported firm on January 1, 2001, at his office for pursuing their proposal to supply certain products to the Army.