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HC dismisses former BJP chief's plea for arrest of approver

Former BJP President Bangaru Laxman's plea seeking direction to the CBI to arrest an approver in a graft against him was on Tuesday declined by the Delhi high court.

delhi Updated: Dec 13, 2011 13:25 IST

Former BJP President Bangaru Laxman's plea seeking direction to the CBI to arrest an approver in a graft against him was on Tuesday declined by the Delhi high court.

Justice Mukta Gupta dismissed Laxman's petition in which he had sought arrest of approver T Satyamurthy in the case.

Laxman is facing trial for allegedly accepting Rs one lakh from a fictitious arms dealer in 2001 purportedly to recommend to erstwhile defence minister George Fernandes purchase of some defence equipment.

He had pleaded before the court that the approver should be held in custody till conclusion of the trial to ensure that he is not influenced either by the defence or the prosecution.

Laxman had approached the high court challenging the special CBI judge's order dismissing his plea for the arrest of Sathyamurthy.

Counsel for Laxman had submitted that as per the law, Satyamurthy should be taken into custody as the trial against him had commenced in the corruption case and 15 witnesses had been examined. The approver, he had said, should not be influenced by either of the parties.

Satyamurthy was granted anticipatory bail by the special court on March 21, 2005, when the CBI had filed an application to make him approver in the case.

The CBI had lodged the corruption case against Laxman on December 6, 2004 on the basis of a video footage of a 2000-01 sting operation that allegedly showed him accepting the money from a fictitious arms dealer. The sting operation, known as 'Operation Westend', was conducted by newsportal tehelka.com scribes.