NEW DELHI, April 27 � In a huge embarrassment to BJP, its former president Bangaru Laxman was today convicted for the offence of accepting Rs one lakh as bribe from a fake arms dealer in a fictitious deal 11 years ago, reports PTI.
The long arm of the law caught up with Laxman when Additional Sessions Judge Kanwal Jeet Arora 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.
Laxman, a former Union minister, caught on camera in a sting operation accepting money in his chamber in the party headquarters, had to quit as its president shortly after the sting expose which had created a huge political storm.
The 72-year-old Laxman was taken to Tihar Jail after completion of all the formalities and will be produced in the court tomorrow at 10:30 am when the court will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence.
The court turned down the plea of Laxman�s counsel for bail, saying �after sentence only, I will consider the aspect of bail.�
Clad in a cream kurta and white pyjama, Laxman stood shell-shocked in the witness box as the judge pronounced his verdict. He did not want to talk to anyone and sat in the witness box for a long time. His daughter was also present in the court. Later, the police took him into custody.