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SC rejects Bangaru plea

delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2011 23:20 IST
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected former BJP chief Bangaru Laxman’s plea to restrain one of the co-accused in the Tehelka sting operation on corruption involving defence deals from turning an approver.

Laxman — named in a CBI chargesheet under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the decade-old case — had challenged the CBI's move to pardon co-accused Satyamurthy to make him an approver and prosecution witness.

Satyamurthy was Laxman's private secretary when he was the BJP chief and the scam was exposed in a sting operation. The former BJP chief had submitted that in a bid to implicate him, CBI had obtained a pardon for Satyamurthy to turn an approver.

But CBI contested Laxman's arguments and contended, it could grant pardon to an accused at any time.