No relief for former BJP chief Bangaru Laxman from SC

United News of India

New Delhi, November 22, 2011

The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition of former BJP president Bangaru Laxman for quashing of the proceedings in a sting operation case in which he was caught on camera taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.

A bench comprising Justices A K Ganguly and Gyan Sudha Mishra declined to quash the criminal proceedings in the case.

Justice Ganguly who pronounced the judgement read out the operative portion of the verdict.

The apex court in its judgement said the trial in such cases cannot be cut short and in lieu of the strong prima facie evidence against the petitioner this is not a fit case for intervention by the court.

Mr Laxman, who was removed from the post of BJP National President following the exposure in a sting operation carried out by a national TV news channel, had come in appeal against the judgement of the Delhi High Court vide which his petition under Section 482 CrPC for quashing of the criminal case registered against him was dismissed.