New Delhi: The trial in the defence deal corruption case against former Samata Party leader Jaya Jaitley and two others is set to begin on Friday, eleven years after a Tehelka sting showed the trio accepting bribe to influence a fictitious defence deal.
A Delhi court on March 5 framed charges against Jaitley and her erstwhile party colleague Gopal Pacherwal and retired Major General SP Murgai in the corruption case of 2001.
Jaitley, Pacherwal and retired General Murgai appeared before Special CBI Judge Kawal Jeet Arora who posted the matter for further proceedings from April 30 after framing the charges.
The court framed charges against them for the offence of hatching criminal conspiracy under section 120 B of the Indian penal Code and various other sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with 'taking gratification for exercise of personal influence with public servant'.
The three accused pleaded not guilty and claimed to face trial in the case.
The case was registered on the basis of a sting, 'Operation West End,' conducted by newsportal tehelka.com in 2000, purportedly exposing alleged corruption in defence deals.
The CBI had submitted a charge sheet against Jaya Jaitley and others in 2006.
(With additional information from PTI)