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Bofors case: Crucial hearing in SC on Friday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The is likely to hear on Friday the politically-sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case in which the CBI earlier this year filed appeal after 12-year delay against the Delhi decision quashing charges against all the accused.

The apex court will also hear a Ajay Agrawal, who is pursuing the matter for over a decade, and has been asked by it to explain his locus in filing petition as a third party.

Agrawal, who contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from against the then Sonia Gandhi, has filed appeal against May 31, 2005 judgement of the Delhi

The matter has been listed for hearing on October 12 before the bench comprising Justices R and

During the hearing on January 16, the top court had asked Agrawal to explain his locus in filing the appeal and satisfy it as to how the matter could be entertained at the instance of a third party.

The CBI had filed the appeal on February 2 this year.

Before the 2005 verdict of Justice R S Sodhi (since retired), another of the Delhi High Court, retired Justice J D Kapoor, had on February 4, 2004, exonerated the late in the case and directed the framing of charge of forgery under section 465 of the IPC against Bofors company.

The Rs 1,437-crore deal between and Swedish for the supply of 400 155mm Howitzer guns for the was entered into on March 24, 1986.

on April 16, 1987, had claimed that the company had paid bribes to top Indian politicians and defence personnel.

The CBI on January 22, 1990 had registered the FIR for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code and other sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Martin Ardbo, the then of AB Bofors, alleged middleman Win Chadda and the Hinduja brothers.

It had alleged that certain public servants and private persons in and abroad had entered into a criminal conspiracy between 1982 and 1987 in pursuance of which the offences of bribery, corruption, cheating and forgery were committed.

The first charge sheet in the case was filed on October 22, 1999 against Chadda, Ottavio Quattrocchi, the then S K Bhatnagar, Ardbo and the Bofors company.

A supplementary charge sheet was filed against the Hinduja brothers on October 9, 2000.

A special on March 4, 2011, had discharged Quattrocchi from the case saying the country could not afford to spend hard-earned money on his extradition which had already cost Rs 250 crore.

Quattrocchi, who had fled from here on July 29-30, 1993, never appeared before any court in to face prosecution. He died on July 13, 2013.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 19:10 IST