Former BJP president Bangaru Laxman dies
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman on Saturday died after a prolonged illness.
Laxman, 74, was admitted to Hyderabad's Yashoda Hospital and had been unwell for quite some time.
He was the BJP President from year 2000-2001. He was also served as the Railway Minster from 1999-2000.
Laxman had quit from the post of president in the BJP after a sting operation conducted by the Tehelka Magazine showed him accepting bribe of Rs one lakh from a fake arms dealer to recommend to the Defence Ministry and to award them a contract to supply thermal binoculars to the Army.
He was later convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act by the CBI and was sentenced to four years in jail.
(Posted on 02-03-2014)