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Film on CBI has no mention of Bofors

Former CBI director Raja Vijay Karan,who released the movie,admitted political interference in the agency’s functioning.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: December 23, 2013 3:22:50 am

In pursuit of truth’,a documentary to mark the 50th year of the CBI,includes several big cases probed by the agency but excludes the Bofors scam involving former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the politically sensitive Babri Masjid demolition case involving several top BJP leaders.

The 21-minute movie produced at a cost of more than a crore rupees,also gives a miss to the recent coal block allocation probe in which the opposition BJP has accused PM Manmohan Singh.

Directed by film-maker Zafar Hai,the film provides glimpses of the IC-814 hijacking case,probes into the 2G and CWG scams and has a detailed account of the investigation into the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case for which the CBI set up a special coordination mechanism. It also highlights a news report with the “caged parrot” remark made after the CBI shared its coal block probe status report with the government.

The agency claims credit for arresting former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G scam in 2011,after it was rapped by the apex court. The CBI also mentions the Bellary brothers and the technical help that was taken to expose illegal mining.

CBI joint director R S Bhatti said,“It was not possible to include all cases as the film is short.” The script was written by novelist Stephen Alter and the documentary produced by National Film Development Corporation with Haimark Films International.

Former CBI director Raja Vijay Karan,who released the movie,admitted political interference in the agency’s functioning. He said during his tenure as CBI chief he would receive calls from politicians trying to influence probes.

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