Bofors scam still loud

Bofors scam still loud

Agency News

New Delhi, Aug 12: Bofors petitioner, Ajay Agarwal, has written a letter to Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal, seeking his immediate action for filing of relevant documents in the Supreme Court on his criminal appeal and expedition of further investigation of Bofors matter by the CBI.

The Supreme Court lawyer and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Mr Agarwal, had written the letter to the AG requesting him to file the necessary documents to ensure that the CBI, can probe the rest of the investigation in the Bofors pay-off case.

"We are not convinced with the grounds furnished by the petitioner (CBI) for the inordinate delay of 4,522 days in filing the present Special Leave Petitions (SLL). We have noticed that in the criminal appeal filed, the petitioner (CBI), is a party and would be heard, the said appeal," Mr Agarwal claimed in his letter written to the AG.

The Top Court had last year dismissed the CBI appeal challenging the Delhi High Court judgement discharging Hinduja brothers - Srichand, Prakashchand and Gopichand Hinduja -- in the Bofors payoff case.

The three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, had dismissed the appeal filed by the CBI, and had said, "we were dismissing the appeal of CBI on the ground of inordinate delay."

The CBI had failed in its duty to file an appeal within the stipulated 90 days period of the 2005 Delhi HC judgement in the Bofors payoff case.

In 1986, India signed multi crore deal with Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors for the supply of Howitzer guns for the Army. A year later, a Swedish radio channel alleged that the company had bribed top politicians and defence personnel of India to secure the contract. The scandal came heavily on Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government. In 1990, the CBI lodged an FIR against the then president of Bofors, Martin Ardbo, the alleged middleman Win Chadda and the Hinduja brothers for criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery. (UNI)