SC fixes Nov for final disposal of petition against Quattrocchi

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New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) The Supreme Court today fixed November for final disposal of a writ petition alleging that CBI deliberately allowed Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi to get away from Argentina where he was apprehended by authorities in February 2007.

Advocate Ajay Kumar Agarwal, in his affidavit filed today in the apex court, has alleged that relevant documents necessary to prove that Quattrocchi is wanted in Rs 64 crore Bofors gun scandal, were deliberately not placed before the Argentinian court to help the Italian businesman.

The accused was also allowed to withdraw ill-gotten money from his bank accounts in London.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam, however, made it clear that the apex court will not go beyond the main prayer in the writ petition.

Mr Agarwal is seeking contempt of court proceedings against CBI officials responsible for the goof up.

He has also alleged in his affidavit that CBI has acted at the behest of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to shield the Italian fugitive.

About Rs 250 crore have been spent in the investigation of Rs 64 crore scandal.

Rajiv Gandhi government was ousted from power when this scandal came to light in 1989.


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