Bofors Scandal: CBI Seeks Government Nod to File SLP in Supreme Court Against Delhi HC’s 2005 Order
New Delhi, Oct 21: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday sought government permission to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in Supreme Court against the Delhi HC ruling in the alleged Bofors scam. In a letter to the Department of Personnel and Training, the investigative agency said that it wanted to file a SLP challenging the Delhi High Court order of May 31, 2005.
Twelve years ago, the Delhi HC had quashed all charges against Europe-based 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.
Earlier on Wednesday, Union Minster Smriti Irani questioned Congress party’s silence over the Bofors scandal and asked for their clarification. Addressing a press conference, Irani had said, “For too long Congress conveniently kept quiet. It’s time they answer what is the involvement of Congress leaders then and now in Bofors saga.”
She further quoted Michael Hershman and said, “he (Hershman) indicated that there are some Congress leaders who then took money in the scam and don’t want to be identified.” (Also Read: BJP flogging dead horse, says Congress on Bofors)
Who is Michael Hershman?
Hershman, who first found Bofors papers, was a secret investigator the Indian government had deployed. Recently, in a television interview, Hershman claimed that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was “furious” when he had found a Swiss bank account “Mont Blanc”.He also alleged that the bribe money of the Bofors gun scandal had been parked in the Swiss account.
What is Bofors scandal?
The Bofors scandal, occurred between India and Sweden during the 1980s and 1990s, initiated allegedly by the Congress party politicians and implicating the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and several other members of the Indian and Swedish governments.
The Bofors 155 field howitzer deal was mired in controversies after members of both Indian and Swedish governments were allegedly found involved in accepting kickbacks for facilitating the deal between the two countries.