Bofors scam CBI seeks permission from government to reopen probe

Henrietta Strickland
October 21, 2017

On October 18 this year it had said that it would look into the "facts and circumstances" of the scandal mentioned by private detective Michael Hershman, president of U.S. detective agency Fairfax.

The politically sensitive Rs 64-crore Bofors pay-off case is once again in the limelight as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the government's permission to file a plea that could lead to reopening of the Bofors case.

The agency, in a letter to the Department of Personnel and Training, has asked it to reconsider the UPA government's decision in 2005, in which it did not allow the CBI to file an SLP against the 2005 high court order.

"The CBI as the investigating agency was of the view that SLP should be preferred against order of the Delhi High Court dated 31 May 2005 quashing all proceedings against Hinduja brothers".

Prior to the 2005 decision, another then Judge JD Kapoor of the Delhi High Court had acquitted the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on February 4, 2004 and directed the Bofors Company to decide on the charges of cheating under Section 465 of the IPC. Addressing a press conference, Irani had said, "For too long Congress conveniently kept quiet".

Taking note of the interview of private detective Michel Hershman, Ms Irani had targeted the Congress high command.

Hershman, who is the president of US-based private detective firm Fairfax, alleged that the bribe of the Bofors gun scandal had been parked in the Swiss account.

Meanwhile, Michael Hershman, the first secret Bofors investigator deployed by the Indian government, said he is ready to help the Indian agencies in the investigations. Why did a Congress leader (Rajiv Gandhi) chose to silence his own minister (VP Singh)?

A majority of the members of a parliamentary sub-committee on defence attached to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), headed by Biju Janata Dal MP Bhartruhari Mahtab and looking into non-compliance of certain aspects of the CAG report of 1986 on the Bofors howitzer gun deal, had in July suggested that the case of irregularities in purchase of Bofors guns should be reopened as there were many "loopholes" in the investigation in past.

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