CBI Calls For Restarting Bofors Probe After 12 Years

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| July 14 , 2017 , 09:50 IST

The Bofors scandal may be in the past but it has not been forgotten. As the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been examining pending reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the committee has directed CBI to restart investigations into the Bofors scam. The CBI is expected to seek the government's nod before officially reopening investigations into the Bofors payoffs.

In March 1986 a contract worth $285 million was signed between the Indian government and Swedish arms company 'Bofors' for the supply of Howitzer field guns. Allegedly, Bofors won the deal by bribing politicians in charge of selecting the arms supplier.

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Heading the sub-committee examining the pending reports BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab has asked CBI director Alok Verma to put up the case regarding the 'systemic failure' in the Bofors contract along with charges of bribery that resulted in the political scandal in the late 1980s. The six-member sub-committee includes three members from the BJP, one from the Shiv Sena and one from the AIADMK.

The initial probe had been stalled since 2005 when a high court order discharging businessmen Srichand, Gopichand and Prakashchand Hinduja and the Bofors company was not challenged. In 2016, CBI claimed that the UPA government at that time in 2005 did not permit it to file an appeal in the case.

According to sources, BJP member Nishikant Dubey questioned the CBI director why the investigation agency did not raise the matter of pursuing the probe with the current government.

“When the case against L K Advani (on the Babri demolition) can be revived… why can’t Bofors?” Dubey said.