‘Govt buried Quattrocchi case despite sufficient proof’

Last Updated: Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 21:14

New Delhi: A former CBI Director, who had brought to India documents relating to the Bofors pay-off case, on Sunday did not favour the agency seeking its legal burial saying it is a "legally sound case" to show there was corruption.

"Documents are there to show that he (Ottavio
Quattrocchi) received money", said Joginder Singh during whose
tenure the documents were brought to the country. Singh was
CBI`s Director during 1996-97.

"It is a legally sound case...documents were brought and
submitted to the government and to the courts in the country,"
he said when asked about CBI seeking a legal burial to the
case.

Singh also said a decision to withdraw the two-decade
old case against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi is
taken by the government and not by the CBI.

"It is not the CBI but it`s the government`s decision
because it is the government`s advocate who has said this...
you can put all the blame on CBI because he (the advocate) is
representing a CBI case," he added.

"It is the government which decides whether to go in
for an appeal in a particular case from lower case to the High
court and from the High court to the Supreme Court," he added.

If the government says there is no case it means that
the CBI says there is no case, he said.

Singh said that "no one has gone behind that who and why
the legal opinion for seeking the withdrawal of the case
against Italian businessman was given?"

On the flak that the premier investigating agency of the
country was receiving in the two-decade-old case, Singh said,
"It is not CBI`s case and no one (in CBI) will talk about it
for the simple reason that they are bound by the conduct
rules.

"After all, the CBI functions as per the law in the
country and the Attorney General is the highest authority to
decide," he said.

The former CBI director also rued that the agency even
does not have the independence of hiring an advocate on its
own or pay fees to him.

The CBI on Saturday sought legal burial of the
20-year-old Bofors pay-off case against Quattrocchi by moving
for its withdrawal before a Delhi Court which refused to pass
any immediate order.

CBI sought withdrawal of the case against the 69-year-old
Italian businessman on the ground that "continuance of his
prosecution will be unjustified".

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 21:14

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