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Fake arms deal case: Bangaru to move HC against his conviction


First published: April 28, 2012, 5:14 PM IST | Updated: April 28, 2012
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Fake arms deal case: Bangaru to move HC against his conviction
A Delhi court sentenced former BJP president Bangaru Laxman to four years in jail in the 2001 fake arms deal case.

New Delhi: Former BJP President Bangaru Laxman who was sentenced on Saturday to four years imprisonment by a court in New Delhi said he would challenge his conviction before the Delhi High Court as the case against him was framed by some media persons.

"We will challenge the decision in the high court. We will definitely appeal in the higher court," Laxman's counsel Ajay Digpaul told reporters after pronouncement of the sentence.

He said "this was a 'framed case' and some media personnel were behind it."

He added that they will go through the entire 155-page verdict pronounced by the trial court and "formulate an opinion" before challenging it.

Digpaul said the observations made by the court was general in nature and has no relevance with the case which happened 11 years ago, when in a sting operation, Laxman was shown taking a bribe of Rs one lakh from a fictitious arms dealer to facilitate a defence deal.

"The court gave a general observation on corruption. This case pertains to an incident of 11 years ago and is different from the situation prevailing today," he said, adding that what happened in 2001 cannot be equated with today's situation.

The court has observed that the importance of law is being damaged by large-scale and rampant corruption which has also weakened the political system.