New Delhi: Following is the chronology of
events in the Bofors payoff case.
Apr 16, 1987 : Alleged payoffs in the Bofors deal
surfaces in a broadcast of Swedish Radio.
Jan 22, 1990 : FIR in the Bofors case registered by CBI.
1997 : Swiss banks release some 500 documents
after years of legal wrangling. CBI files a case against Ottavio
Quattrocchi, arms dealer Win Chadha, also
naming Rajiv Gandhi, defence secretary S K
Bhatnagar and number of others.
Oct 22, 1999 : CBI files first chargesheet in the case
naming Chadha, Quattrochhi, Bhatnagar,
former Bofors Chief Martin Ardbo and
Oct 9, 2000 : CBI files supplementary chargesheet naming
Hinduja brothers -- Srichand, Gopichand
and Prakashchand as accused.
2003 : Two British Bank accounts of alleged
middleman Ottavio Quattrocchi is frozen by
a high court order on request of the
Feb 4, 2004 : Delhi High Court gives clean chit to
Rajiv Gandhi. Quashes charges under Prevention of Corruption Act.
May 31, 2005 : Delhi High court quashes charges against
British businessmen, Hinduja brothers --
Shrichand, Gopichand and Prakash.
Dec, 2005: B Datta, the then Additional Solicitor
General requests the British Government that
two British bank accounts of Quattrocchi be
de-frozen on the grounds of insufficient
evidence to link these accounts to the Bofors
Jan 16, 2006: Supreme Court directs the Indian government to
ensure that Quattrocchi does not withdraw
money from the two bank accounts in London.
Jan 16, 2006: CBI claims in an affidavit filed before the
Supreme court that they were still pursuing
extradition orders for Quattrocchi.
Jan 23, 2006 CBI admits that around Rs 21 crore, about USD
4.6 million, in the two accounts have already
Feb 6, 2007: Quattrocchi detained in Argentina but the news
of his detention released by CBI only
on February 9.
Feb 7, 2007: Interpol informs CBI about Quattrocchi`s
Feb 13, 2007: CBI, responding to the Supreme Court on a
matter relating to money withdrawn by
Quattrocchi, does not mention the fact of his
detention. CBI admits later that it had the
information at that time.
Feb 23, 2007: CBI releases a statement about Quattrocchi`s
arrest in Argentina.
Feb 26, 2007: Quattrocchi released on bail.
Mar 2, 2007 : CBI sends a two-member team -- Director
Prosecution S K Sharma and Superintendent of
Police Keshav Mishra -- to assist in fighting
the extradition case.
Mar 7, 2007 : The CBI submits 250-page plea for extradition
of Quattrocchi to the Argentinian Foreign
Mar 23, 2007: The hearing of the plea for Quattrocchi`s
extradition to India began in the Argentinian
Jun 4, 2007: The two-member team goes again to give final
touches ahead of the extradition trial of
Jun 7, 2007: Extradition trial begins in El Dorado
Jun 8, 2007: The court in El Dorado rejects India`s
extradition request of Quattrocchi.
October, 2008: Attorney General Milon Banerjee opines that
CBI can withdraw Red Corner Notice against
Nov 25, 2008 : Red Corner Notice against Quattrocchi
Apr 30, 2009 : CBI seeks time from trial court to decide
future course of action against Quattrocchi.
Sep 8, 2009 : CBI seeks two weeks time from trial court for
exploring options against Quattrocchi after
withdrawal of Red Corner Notice.
Sep 29, 2009 : Centre tells Supreme Court about its decision
to withdraw case against Quattrocchi.
Oct 03, 2009: The Central Bureau of Investigation seeks withdrawal of Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi`s name from the Bofors gun deal payoff case.