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Timeline of Bofors case

Here is a brief time-line of the case:

Ottavio Quattrocchi has passed away in Milan after suffering a heart attack. He was named as the main accused in a chargesheet filed in Bofors case in 1999. Here is a brief timeline of the case:

Mar 24,1986: Bofors contract for 410 155 mm Howitzers signed

Apr 16,1987: Swedish Radio alleges bribes were paid to secure the contract

Jan 22,1990: FIR lodged in the case

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Jul 29-30,1993: Quattrocchi leaves India

Feb 17,1997: Red Corner Notice issued against Quattrocchi

Aug 5,1998: Supreme Court dismisses plea to cancel NBW

Oct 22,1999: Chargesheet filed

Dec 2002: Two Malaysian courts turn down India’s extradition requests

Jul 21,2003: India sends Letter Rogatory to the UK seeking freezing of Quattrocchi’s bank accounts

Mar 31,2004: Malaysian SC dismisses extradition request

Jan 11,2006: Lawyer Ajay Agrawal moves Supreme Court saying govt has asked UK authorities to defreeze Quattrocchi’s accounts. On the same date,Quattrocchi’s accounts were defreezed

Jan 16,2006: SC directs the Centre,CBI to ensure status quo on freezing money in accounts. But money is withdrawn the same day

Feb 6,2007: Quattrocchi arrested at Iguazu airport in Argentina

Oct 2009: CBI seeks court’s permission to withdraw case against Quattrocchi,saying his continued prosecution is “unjustified” in the light of various factors including the agency’s failure to get him extradited

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Mar 4,2011: Court allows CBI plea to withdraw case against Quattrocchi

First published on: 13-07-2013 at 21:46 IST
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