April 28th, 2012
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Bangaru Laxman sentenced to 4 year imprisonment and 1 lakh fine

Bangaru laxman sentenced to 4 yearsNew Delhi: A Delhi court sentenced former BJP president Bangaru Laxman to four years and asked him to pay up a fine of Rs. 1 lakh. Laxman was convicted for the offence yesterday. Laxman, a former Union Minister, was caught on camera in a sting operation, accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh in his room at party headquarters. The on-camera Tehelka sting operation took place 11 years ago, forcing Laxman to give up his post as BJP President then.

The FIR in the case was registered on December 6, 2006 against Bangaru Laxman, his assistant personal secretary N Umamaheshwar Raju and personal secretary T Satyamurthy. Mr Satyamurthy, however, had been granted pardon by a trial court after he turned an approver in the case, while the trial could not proceed against Raju due to lack of evidence.

Bangaru sought leniency on the ground of poor health, while the CBI sought the maximum punishment of five years for him. 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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