Quattrocchi file: A chronology
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 03, 2009, 16:12
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 Bofors Company.

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 government.

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 payoff.

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Jan 23, 2006 CBI admits that around Rs 21 crore, about USD 4.6 million, in the two accounts have already been withdrawn.

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 detention.

Feb 13, 2007: CBI, responding to the Supreme Court on a matter relating to money withdrawn by Quattrocchi, does not mention the fact of his detention.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 Office.

Mar 23, 2007: The hearing of the plea for Quattrocchi's extradition to India began in the Argentinian court.

Jun 4, 2007: The two-member team goes again to give final touches ahead of the extradition trial of Quattrocchi.

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 Quattrocchi.

Nov 25, 2008 : Red Corner Notice against Quattrocchi withdrawn.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 03, 2009, 16:12

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