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Befors: AG likely to meet CBI officers for clarity on SLP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Attorney General K K Venugopal is likely to meet senior officers before giving a legal opinion on whether the agency should file a in the Supreme on the Bofors case, a senior functionary has said.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sought legal opinion from the AG on the CBI's request that it be allowed to file a special leave (SLP). A meeting may be held so that the agency can clarify its stand on the case.

The AG would then be in a position to give his opinion on whether the apex could be approached, the functionary said.

In a recent letter to the DoPT, the said it wanted to file an SLP challenging the High order of May 31, 2005, quashing all charges against Europe-based Hinduja brothers in the Bofors case.

The DoPT has sought the AG's opinion on this.

A official had earlier said the was in favour of filing the SLP in 2005 but did not get a go-ahead from the then to do so.

Legal experts felt the agency would have to explain why there was a gap of over 12 years before the filing of an SLP.

Then High Court judge R S Sodhi had on May 31, 2005, quashed all charges against the Hinduja brothers -- Srichand, Gopichand and Prakashchand -- and the Bofors company and castigated the CBI for its handling of the case, saying it had cost the exchequer about Rs 250 crore.

Before the 2005 verdict, another judge of the High Court, Justice J D Kapoor (since retired), had on February 4, 2004, exonerated late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in the case and directed the framing of a charge of forgery under Section 465 of the IPC against the Bofors company.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 17:48 IST