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Apr 28, 2012 at 01:41pm IST

Fake arms deal case: Bangaru Laxman seeks minimum jail term

New Delhi: Former BJP President Bangaru Laxman on Saturday asked for a minimum punishment in the fake arms deal case that he was convicted in on Friday. Bangaru, 72, sought leniency on health grounds, saying that he has undergone bypass surgery twice and is a first time offender.

However, the CBI counsel pleaded for maximum punishment of five years for Laxman.

Laxman was convicted by a Delhi court for taking a Rs one lakh bribe to push a defence deal. The on-camera Tehelka sting operation took place 11 years ago, forcing Laxman to give up his post as BJP President then.

After hearing arguments on quantum of sentence, the court reserved its judgement for 2:30 PM on Saturday.

The court had earlier rejected Bangaru's plea to make Tehelka portal an accused in the case saying the scribes had "acted as whistleblowers" though the method adopted by them was "objectionable".

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