Bofors case: Quattrocchi`s fate to be decided tomorrow

Last Updated: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 18:39

New Delhi: The fate of Italian Businessman
Ottavio Quattrocchi might be decided tomorrow as the CBI will
be pleading before a Delhi court seeking closure of
prosecution in Bofors pay off case as all efforts to extradite
him for facing the trial here has failed.

Quattrocchi, the sole surviving accused in the
two-decade-old case after the Delhi High Court quashed the
charges on May 31, 2005 against other accused, has never
appeared before any court in the country.
The CBI, which is probing the politically-sensitive
case, will be filing the closure report tomorrow before Chief
Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja.

Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily had yesterday said
in London that the CBI will withdraw the case against
Quattrocchi.

"The Government has taken a decision for withdrawal of
the cases and the Public Prosecutor, on behalf of the CBI,
will move an application before a magistrate`s court in Delhi
on October 3," he had said.

The stand of CBI will, however, be opposed by advocate
Ajay Agrawal who had yesterday filed an application in the
court in his personal capacity pleading it to reject any such
move by the investigating agency.

Agrawal had filed the application two days after the
government informed the Supreme Court on September 29 that it
has decided to drop the case against Quattrocchi saying it
could not be kept pending forever as two attempts to extradite
him have failed.

Agrawal, who has been pursuing the Bofors case in the
Supreme Court, had sought rejection of any such move by the
investigating agency alleging the Centre has been trying to
bail out the 69-year-old Italian businessman.
He had 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.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 18:39

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