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Bofors payoffs: CBI moves Supreme Court challenging 12-year-old Delhi high court verdict closing case | India News

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NEW DELHI: The CBI today moved the Supreme Court (SC) challenging a 12-year-old Delhi high court verdict closing the Bofors case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is hearing the case on a plea filed by BJP leader Ajay Aggarwal.

CBI officials had on Tuesday told a parliamentary panel looking into the Bofors deal that they have enough evidence to file a special leave petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court in a case pertaining to the defence deal.

Attorney General K K Venugopal reportedly gave permission orally to the CBI to file the appeal, after it earlier advised the government that the investigating agency should not file an SLP in the case related to the Bofors gun deal payoff as it is likely to be dismissed.

The BJP’s Aggarwal had filed the plea in his personal capacity, against a Delhi high court order of 2005 quashing charges against the Hinduja brothers in the Bofors pay-off case.

CBI Director Alok Verma, additional director Rakesh Asthana along with Department of Personnel & Training secretary Ajay Mittal earlier this week deposed before the public accounts committee’s sub-committee on defence, which is looking into the non-compliance of certain aspects of an audit report on the Bofors Howitzer gun deal.

During the discussions, BJP MP and a member of the panel
Nishikant Dubey
suggested that the CBI can file SLP on the basis of income tax tribunal order in the case filed by the son of the late Win Chadha, who was accused in the case, a source who was present in the meeting said.

Dubey also suggested that the details available in the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee enquiring into Bofors deal can also be used for filing SLP.

The panel, headed by BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, is likely to give its report on the Bofors gun deal during this budget session.

(With inputs from PTI)

Updated: February 2, 2018 — 9:15 am

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