Kovind was one of two defence witnesses 

In 2012, the BJP’s presidential nominee testified in support of former BJP president Bangaru Laxman, who was eventually convicted of corruption.

New Delhi: BJP insiders say that Ram Nath Kovind has been in the“good books” of the party’s top leadership, which explains his nomination as the NDA’s presidential candidate. However, Kovind’s past as a defence witness in the Bangaru Laxman corruption case is at odds with the BJP’s official position on corruption.

Kovind was one of two defence witnesses examined in the famous case of ‘CBI vs Bangaru Laxman’ in 2012. “He deposed that he knows Bangaru Laxman for last 20 years. He deposed that Bangaru Laxman is a straight forward, simple and honest person, who became President of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP),” the court noted in its judgment.

Laxman, who was BJP president at the time of a sting operation conducted by tehelka.com in 2001, was eventually found guilty under the Prevention of Corruption Act in 2012.

Summarising the offence as made out by the CBI, the court noted:


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