Hyderabad, Mar 1 IBNS | 5 months ago

Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman died in Hyderabad on Saturday after a prolonged illness.


He was 74.

He was admitted at Yashoda Hospital in Bangalore, reports said.

Laxman served as the President of party from 2000 to 2001 and a minister of state for railways in Government of India from 1999 to 2000.

He stepped down as the BJP president in 2001 when news portal Tehelka conducted a sting operation on him. The video showed him taking Rs. 1 lakh as bribe from undercover journalists in his chamber in the party headquarters to fix a defence deal to supply equipment to the Indian Army.

He was convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in 2012.

He was sentenced to four years in jail for defense deal corruption case.

Soon after the judgment, Laxman resigned from the party's National Executive.

(Posted on 01-03-2014)