April 28th, 2012
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Bangaru Laxman seeks leniency on health grounds

Bangaru-LaxmanNew Delhi: Former BJP president Bangaru Laxman, who was on Friday convicted by a Delhi court for accepting bribe sought leniency on the ground of poor health, while the CBI sought the maximum punishment of five years for him.72-year-old Bangaru, who was on Friday held guilty in the case, was produced from Tihar Jail before Special CBI Judge Kanwal Jeet Arora.

The court after hearing arguments on quantum of sentence in the case reserved its judgment for 2.30 PM. The CBI is reported to have sought the maximum five years’ punishment for Laxman. “CBI has been able to prove the case against Bangaru so we want maximum punishment for him under Section 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act,” the prosecutor said.

Opposing CBI’s plea for maximum punishment, senior advocate Sunil Kumar, appearing for Bangaru, said in 40 years of his political career, he was “never ever involved in any such case” and no civil or criminal case has been lodged against him hence he should be given minimum punishment. On being asked by the judge as to why Bangaru should be given minimum punishment of six months, the politician pleaded, “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.” “He was holding important portfolio in the ministry. Once the tape was aired in news channels, Bangaru stepped down as a minister,” the counsel said while seeking minimum sentence.

CBI prosecutor Padmini Singh however said that corruption is spreading like wildfire in the society so it has to be dealt accordingly.Citing various Supreme Court judgements on corruption, the prosecutor said corruption is rampant and it has to be dealt severely.


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