Bangaru has been convicted for accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The special CBI court sent him to judicial custody and he will be sentenced on Saturday, Apr 28. Bangaru broke down in the court room after the verdict.
In 2001, Tehelka carried out “Operation Westend”, a sting operation that exposed the scandal in which Lakman was found accepting bribe for granting a contract to a fictitious Britain-based company M/s West End International for the supply of hand-held thermal imagers to the Indian Army. While, the Tehelka journalist posed as the representatives of the company and exposed the scandal.