New Delhi: Former BJP President Bangaru Laxman was granted bail on Thursday in high court in fictious arms deal case. Laxman, who is serving a four-year jail term, was caught on camera taking a bribe of Rs one lakh. Laxman was released on Thursday on a Rs 50,000 bail bond.
Laxman will be released from Tihar Jail on Friday where he has been lodged since April 27. Earlier, Bangaru was sentenced to four years in jail, besides a fine of Rs one lakh, after being convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act for accepting the bribe from a fake arms dealer in the fictitious deal in 2001.
Bangaru was caught on camera in the sting operation accepting money in his chamber in the party headquarters and had to quit as BJP chief shortly after the expose which had created a huge political storm. The sting was conducted by news portal tehelka.com. The video CDs were released by the portal on March 13, 2001.