Court allows CBI 2 weeks to explore options in Bofors case
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 20:46
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed a CBI plea seeking two weeks time for exploring the options available to it in Bofors payoff case after the withdrawal of Interpol's Red Corner notice against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi.

Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi granted the time to the probe agency after Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra submitted that the matter was under consideration of the Centre and CBI.

"The matter is still under consideration of the central government and the process of consultation is likely to take some more time," Malhotra and CBI counsel Naveen Kumar Matta said.

They sought adjournment of the matter for two weeks to enable CBI to place the status report.

Malhotra also referred to the submission made on the last date of hearing on April 30 when CBI had sought two months time for filing the status report in the matter.

The court, taking his submissions into account during a brief hearing, posted the matter for October 3.

The Interpol had in November last year withdrawn the Red Corner Notice against Quattrocchi, which was first issued in 1997, following a communication from CBI.

Quattrocchi was declared a proclaimed offender as he did not appear to face trial and, as a result, charges could not be framed against him despite two chargesheets in the 19-year-old Bofors payoff case.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 20:46

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