New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday convicted former BJP president Bangaru Laxman in the 11 year old bribery case.  The court will pronounce quantum of sentence on Saturday.

Soon after being convicted by the Delhi court, the CBI took Bangaru into judicial custody.

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Bangaru is charged under various provision of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly accepting money from fake arms dealers to recommend to the Defence Ministry to award them a contract to supply their wares for the Army.

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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 Tehelka.com. 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.

Bangaru's former personal secretary T Satyamurthy, who was a co-accused, was granted pardon by a trial court after he turned an approver in the case.

JPN/Agencies