The Rs 1,437-crore deal between India and Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors for the supply of 400 155mm howitzer guns for the Indian Army was entered into on March 24, 1986. Swedish Radio had claimed that the company had paid bribes to top Indian politicians and defence personnel.
The sub-committee, headed by BJD leader in the Lok Sabha Bhartruhari Mahtab, adopted the draft at a meeting on Wednesday.
The CBI recently filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging a 2005 order of the Delhi High Court quashing all charges against those accused in the politically-sensitive pay-off case.
The CBI had on February 1 moved the trial court seeking permission for further probe into the matter saying it had come across fresh material and evidence.
On February 4, 2004, another Delhi HC judge, retired Justice J D Kapoor, had exonerated late PM Rajiv Gandhi in the case but directed framing of forgery charge against Swedish arms manufacturer A B Bofors.
The apex court was to hear the petition filed by BJP leader Ajay Agrawal challenging the May 31, 2005 decision of the Delhi High Court quashing all charges against all the accused persons in the case.
The Rs 1,437-crore deal between India and Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors for the supply of 400 155mm howitzer guns for the Indian Army was entered into on March 24, 1986, when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister.
The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha alleged that the government had devised a new tactic, under which opposition leaders are “harassed” through various central agencies such as the CBI and the ED, and asserted that they not get bogged down and fight the BJP “with full strength”.
Bofors case: The CBI attributed the delay in filing the SLP against the 2005 High Court order to the then (UPA) government’s refusal to grant it permission to approach the court.
The panel, headed by BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, is likely to give its report on the Bofors gun deal during this budget session.
Agrawal, who contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Rai Bareli against former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, had filed the special leave petition in the apex court against the 2005 high court order
On December 21, the court had allowed the accused to appeal the order before the higher court.
According to the submission made by the CBI Anti-Corruption Bureau before the court, the case dates back to a trade contract in 1989 between India’s Ministry of Defence and Bofors for the supply of guns.
A plea was on Friday made in the Supreme Court for giving a specific date for hearing the petition in the politically sensitive Rs 64-crore Bofors pay-off case. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra did not pass any order when a mention was made for giving a early date of hearing on the […]
A government official had earlier said the CBI was in favour of filing the special leave petition in 2005 but did not get a go-ahead from the then UPA government to do so.