New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought
CBI`s response on ex-BJP president Bangaru Laxman`s petition
challenging the cognizance taken against him by a special
court on the basis of the 2001 "Operation Westend" sting
operation in which he was found accepting money for clinching
a defence deal.
A three-judge bench of jusices Dalveer Bhandari, V S
Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma issued a notice to CBI for its
response within 8 weeks after senior counsel Sunil Kumar and
Atul Kumar contended the special CBI court had taken
cognizance on the basis of erroneous facts and
"non-application of facts.
Laxman, in his special leave petition, alleged CBI had
adopted a partisan approach in the entire case owing to
He submitted that in a bid to implicate him CBI had filed
an application before the special court and obtained a pardon
for his erstwhile private secretary Gurumurthy to turn him an
approver and prosecution witness.
On March 13, 2001, news portal Tehelka.com had released
in public domain CDs of a sting operation showing Laxman
accepting money for awarding a contract to a fictitious UK
based company M/s Westend International for supply of
"hand-held thermal imager" to the Indian Army.