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Court defers order on CBI`s move to withdraw Bofors case

Last Updated: Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 12:25

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday deferred the pronouncement of its order on a plea by a lawyer objecting to CBI`s move to withdraw the two-decade-old Bofors pay-off case against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashu Garg posted the matter
for further proceedings on July 5.

"Apart from the fact that there is sufficient material
and grounds against Quattrocchi for his prosecution, the
conduct of the CBI and its counsels who happens to be top law
officers of the country is highly deplorable and depicts an
apparent and active collusion with the accused," Ajay Agrawal,
the lawyer, said in his affidavit seeking rejection of CBI`s

He had claimed that CBI had not filed the appeal
against the Delhi High Court judgement discharging some
accused in the case.

Quattrocchi, 70, the sole surviving accused in the
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.

CBI had failed on two occasions in its attempt to get
Quattrocchi extradited -- first from Malaysia in 2003 and then
from Argentina in 2007.

In November last year, the agency had asked the
Interpol to take Quattrocchi`s name off the Red Corner notice


First Published: Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 12:25

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