17 March 1939|
Andhra Pradesh, India
|Died||1 March 2014
|Organization||Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh|
|Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||3 daughters and a son|
Bangaru Laxman (17 March 1939 – 1 March 2014) was an Indian Politician. He was a member of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He was President of party from 2000 to 2001 and served as a minister of state for railways in Government of India from 1999 to 2000. He was sentenced to four years in jail for defense deal corruption case.
Bangaru Laxman was born in a Madiga Dalit family in Andhra Pradesh. His father was Late B. Narsimha and mother was Late B. Shivamma. He did his BA and LLB in Hyderabad. His wife Susheela Laxman Bangaru was a member of 14th Lok Sabha. He was elected from Jalore constituency in Rajasthan as a candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party. He has 1 son and 3 daughters. He died on March 1, 2014 at the age of 74, owing to health.
Laxman joined politics at a young age. He was jailed during emergency in 1975. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1996. He has held many party positions including the party president during 2000-2001. He was the first Dalit president of BJP. He was member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from 1980-85. He was member of Rajya Sabha representing Gujarat from 1996-2002. He served in the Council of Ministers as Minister of State for Planning, Statistics and Programme Implementation from October- November 1999 and Ministry of Railway from November 1999 to August 2000.
At the age of twelve years, in 1953, he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and held several organisational responsibilities at his tender age. and became active member of Jan Sangh Party in 1969. In the meanwhile he joined the government service in Electricity Department, in Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1958. He had his primary education in government high school in Nampally in Hyderabad and did B.A. from Osmania University. He also completed his L.L.B in evening college of Law, Osmania University in Hyderabad. He was actively associated with working class movement and headed trade union activities.
Laxman was involved in a major controversy when a private TV network when Tehelka allegedly showed him taking bribes from Mathew Samuel on a hidden camera while he was the president of the BJP. He was convicted by a Special CBI Court on 27 April 2012 for taking bribe under Prevention of Corruption Act and was taken into custody.
Laxman was sentenced to four years in jail on 28 April 2012. 72-year-old Bangaru, who was held guilty in the case, was produced from Tihar Jail before Special CBI Judge Kanwal Jeet Arora. Bangaru was convicted for taking bribe from fake arms dealer to recommend to the defence ministry to award them a contract to supply thermal binoculars to the Army. Soon after the judgment Bangaru Laxman resigned from the party's National Executive. He was granted bail under Justice A.K. Pathak with a bail bond of Rs. 50,000.
- Bangaru Laxman Biography
- Kattakayam, Jiby (2012-04-27). "Bangaru Laxman convicted in graft case". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- The Rediff Interview/Bangaru Laxman. rediff.com (2001-03-16). Retrieved on 2012-04-27
- Venkataramakrishnan, Rohan (28 April 2012). "'Corruption worse than prostitution': Judge jails former BJP chief Bangaru Laxman for four years". London: dailymail.uk. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- Kattakayam, Jiby (April 28, 2012). "Bangaru Laxman sentenced to 4-year rigorous imprisonment". The Hindu (Chennai, India).
- "Fake arms deal case: Bangaru Laxman gets 4 years in jail". The Times of India. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
- "Bangaru Laxman quits BJP National Executive". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "Bangaru Laxman gets bail". The Hindu (Chennai, India). October 11, 2012.
- "Former BJP Chief Bangaru Laxman passes away in Hyderabad". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 1 March 2014.