Bangaru Laxman quits BJP national executive

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 16:41 hrs

Former Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman, who was sentenced for four years of imprisonment in connection to the 2001 fictitious arms deal case, on Monday resigned from the party's National Executive.

Laxman sent a formal resignation letter to BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday.

The announcement was made after a Delhi court on Saturday sentenced Laxman to four-year imprisonment in the 2001 fictitious arms deal case.

He was also asked to pay a fine of Rs.1 lakh.

The special CBI court on Friday pronounced him guilty of taking Rs 1 lakh bribe in 2001 and convicted him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In 2001, website had carried out a sting operation ´Operation Westend´ where Laxman was caught on camera accepting bribe from a journalist disguised as an arms dealer.

Laxman resigned as the BJP president after the scandal.

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