CBI seeks two weeks time in Quattrocchi case

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Ottavio Quattrochi
New Delhi, Sep 8: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday, Sep 8, sought two weeks' time before Delhi court to examine the options for proceeding against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi.

Additional solicitor general P P Malhotra submitted a status report in a court of metropolitan magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi.

Malhotra said that the CBI needed two weeks' time for exploring the options available to it in the Bofors payoff case after the withdrawal of Red Corner notice against Quattrocchi.

The court, taking his submissions into account during a brief hearing, posted the matter for Oct 3.

Earlier on Apr 30, 2009, the additional solicitor general appearing for CBI, had informed the court that the Red Corner Notice against Quattrocchi was withdrawn in Nov 2008.

The FIR was registered on Jan 22, 1990, three years after Swedish Radio alleged that A B Bofors had paid kickbacks to top Indian politicians and key defence officials to secure the Rs 1,437 crore gun deal.

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