Bofors case: Plea to oppose move to close case against `Q`

Last Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 20:55

New Delhi: Ahead of the crucial hearing in
a Delhi court against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi
in Bofors gun deal payoff case, an application was on Thursday filed
opposing any possible move by CBI to close the case against
him.

The hearing before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate
on October 3 assumes significance as the government had on
Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it has decided to withdraw
the case against Quattrocchi and CBI is likely to move an
application in this regard.
Advocate Ajay Agrawal, who has been pursuing the
Bofors case in the Supreme Court, filed the application
seeking rejection of any such move by the investigating agency
alleging that the Centre has been trying to bail out the
69-year-old Italian businessman against whom "there is ample
evidence for his prosecution".

The advocate referred to a case of 1984 anti-Sikh
riots in which a trial court had in 2007 rejected a closure
report against former union minister Jagdish Tytler and
directed CBI to re-investigate his alleged role.

Agrawal had filed an appeal in the apex court against
the Delhi High Court`s May 31, 2005, decision to quash charges
against all other accused in the case after CBI failed to
challenge it within the mandatory 90-day period.

In his 27-page application, the advocate pleaded that
he should be allowed to participate in the proceedings in the
court and be treated as a complainant in the case.
"I should be treated as complainant in the matter and
may be allowed to participate in the proceedings of the case
and the court may consider all the aspects and rejects such
closure report that may be filed by CBI before it," Agrawal
said.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium had on Tuesday told
the apex court that the government has decided to drop the
case against Quattrocchi, the sole accused left in the case as
the Delhi High Court on May 31, 2005 quashed charges against
all other accused.

He had said that the case against the Italian
businessman could not be kept pending forever as two attempts
by the government to extradite him have failed.

The case against Quattrocchi is scheduled for hearing
before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate here on October 3.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 20:55

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