The Delhi high court on Friday refused to suspend the sentence awarded to former BJP President Bangaru Laxman, in a graft case, on his appeal filed against his conviction and sentencing by the trial court.
Issuing notice to CBI on the appeal of Laxman, Justice Mukta Gupta sought its response by July 5. However, the court declined his plea to immediately suspend the sentence on medical grounds.
The trial court had on April 28 awarded Laxman four years jail term and had imposed a fine of Rs. one lakh on him, eleven years after he had been caught accepting a bribe in a fictitious defence deal during a sting operation by a news portal.
Appearing for Laxman, senior counsel Sandeep Sethi submitted before Justice Gupta that his client is 72-years-old and is suffering from several ailments.
Seeking Laxman's immediate release on medical grounds, the senior counsel said his client has undergone bypass surgeries twice and is also diabetic.
The court, however, said without going through the trial court records, it could not pass any order at this stage and summoned the lower court's records pertaining to the case.
After having spent around ten days in Tihar jail, Laxman had moved the high court seeking quashing of the trial court's conviction and sentence awarded to him for taking the bribe from fake arms dealers to recommend to the defence ministry to award them a contract to supply thermal binoculars to the Army.