Bofors scam: Either SC or Centre can reopen case, says CBI

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New Delhi: The CBI on Friday said it can re-investigate the Bofors case only if the Supreme Court or the Centre orders it. This was after a parliamentary panel suggested that the case should be reopened.

The parliamentary committee on Thursday had suggested that the case of irregularities into the purchase of Bofors guns should be restarted as there were many “loopholes” in the previous investigation.

“We need court or government order to re-investigate the case. Can a committee recommend CBI to start a probe,” CBI spokesperson R.K. Gaur told IANS adding that CBI was not saying anything more on the issue.

The sub-committee on Defence attached to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), headed by Biju Janata Dal MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, suggested that the case be reopened.

A committee member, who did not wish to be named, told IANS that it was a suggestion from the panel, as it was felt that there were many loopholes in the earlier investigation.

On Thursday, CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma had appeared before the committee, which asked him to put up the case considering systematic failure in the Bofors contract as well as charges of bribery against top political leaders and officials.

The alleged corruption in the Bofors guns deal had created a scandal in 1989, leading to the fall of the government under Rajiv Gandhi. Kickbacks were alleged, but no evidence was found.


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