CBI to withdraw all cases against Quattrocchi

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New Delhi, Sept 29 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation CBI) on Tuesday decided to withdraw all cases registered against ofors scam main accused and Italian businessman Ottavio uattrocchi.

"We want to close the matter against Bofors accused Ottavio uattrocchi," said the CBI.

The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that they want to ithdraw all cases against Quattrocchi.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium told the court that the CBI as failed to extradite Quattrocchi and that the Delhi High Court as held that there is no case under the Prevention of Corruption ct in the Bofors matter.

The Supreme Court will hear the matter on December 11.

The controversial Bofors gun deal was a major corruption scandal n India in the 1980s, in which former Prime Minister Rajiv andhi and several others were allegedly accused of receiving ickbacks from A B Bofors the Swedish arms manufacturer for it to in the bid to supply the Indian Army with 155 mm howitzer guns.

The court had on February 10, 1997, sent letters to Malaysia and he UAE seeking the arrest and extradition of Quattrocchi.

The CBI had registered an FIR in the Bofors case on January 22, 990, three years after Swedish Radio on April 16, 1987, had laimed that A B Bofors had paid kickbacks to top Indian oliticians and key defence officials to secure the Rs 1,437 rore gun deal.

The contract between the Indian Government and AB Bofors was signed on March 24, 1986. (ANI)

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