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Bofors Scandal: CBI Seeks Government Permission To Reopen The Case

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| October 21 , 2017 , 16:41 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from the government to re-open the infamous Bofors case. In the latest development, the agency has challenged the Delhi High Court's ruling of 2005 when all the proceedings in the case against Hinduja brothers were revoked.

While seeking permission from the government to file a Special Leave Petition in Supreme Court against the 12-year-old ruling, CBI has reported written a letter to the Department of Personnel and Training. Apparently, during the decision taken by the then UPA government, CBI was not allowed to file such petition.

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CBI had appealed to the Parliamentary Committee stating that despite their keen probing, UPA government didn't allow them to file a letter against the High Court decision in 2005. The agency had wanted the Bofors scam to meet its justified end but couldn't due to the then “competent authority”.

CBI's message to the Law Ministry stated, "The CBI as the investigating agency was of the view that SLP should be preferred against order of the Delhi High Court dated 31st May 2005 quashing all proceedings against Hinduja brothers. However, since permission for filing SLP was not accorded to the CBI by the competent authority, no SLP was preferred."

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While disclosing the relevant facts to a sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, a private detective Michael Hershman told a leading media channel that Rajiv Gandhi government had sabotaged his investigation in the case. The expected hearing for the case may take place on October 30.

Sorting a clarification from the Gandhi Family and Congress on the revelations made by Michael, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday probed them to come clean on their involvement in the infamous case.