Friday 27 April 2012. A court in the Indian capital, Delhi, has convicted Bangaru Laxman, former chief of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a bribery case.
Laxman was secretly videotaped accepting a bribe from reporters posing as arms dealers 11 years ago.
News website Tehelka had taped secret video footage of politicians, army officers and bureaucrats taking money in connection with a fake arms deal.
Laxman and the others said they had been framed.
Sentencing is due to take place on Saturday.
Laxman was taken into custody by officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after the court order.
In the 2001 video, reporters posing as arms dealers offered Laxman 100,000 rupees ($1,900; £1,170) as a bribe for a military contract. Laxman was seen accepting the bribe.
The website, Tehelka.com, said two of its journalists had posed as businessmen for a fake company, West End International, trying to sell fictitious hand-held thermal imaging devices to the Indian military.
Laxman said he had accepted the money as a donation for the party and handed it over to the party treasurer.
After the video footage was shown on television channels, Laxman – who was BJP president at the time – and then defence minister George Fernandes were forced to resign.
The CBI later charged Laxman under anti-corruption laws.