After Moily, PC defends closing cases against 'Q'

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Chidambaram
New Delhi, Oct 1: After Veerappa Moily, P Chidambaram defended government's move to close the cases against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in connection with the Bofors case.

The home minister on Wednesday, Sep 30 said that he agreed with the Law Ministry's "conclusion that there is no conclusive evidence in the case" and therefore it not be pursued endlessly.

"I have never dealt with it and so I do not know the facts of the case. All I know is what the Law Minister (M Veerappa Moily) has said. And I think it makes a lot of sense," Chidambaram said.

Concurring with what Veerappa Moily had said, Chidambaram said that the case has been going on for a long time and the attempts to extradite and prosecute Quattrocchi has only failed.

"Thereafter consulting the Attorney General and the Solicitor General, they have come to the conclusion that there is no conclusive evidence in the case. That is what the Law Minister has said. And I personally feel it makes a lot of sense," Chidambaram added.

But when asked if India would handle the case against the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim similarly, after pointing out that a case against Dawood has never been taken to a court, the minister said, "If we are ever able to lay our hands on Dawood, let me assure you that we have lot of evidence against Dawood."

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