Bofors: CBI misled court
The CBI has misled the court by quoting a superfluous figure of R250 crore on Bofors probe. The investigating agency, in an RTI reply, said that the agency spent a total of nearly R5.88 crore but also made it clear that it does not maintain records of expenses on each case separately. HT reports.delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2011 01:58 IST
The CBI has misled the court by quoting a superfluous figure of Rs 250 crore on Bofors probe. The investigating agency, in an RTI reply, said that the agency spent a total of nearly Rs 5.88 crore but also made it clear that it does not maintain records of expenses on each case separately.
Recently, a trial court had quashed criminal proceedings against Italian business Ottavio Quattrocchi - key figure in Bofors scam - saying the country cannot afford to spend hard-earned money on his extradition, which has already cost Rs 250 crore.
Chief metropolitan magis-trate Vinod Yadav ruled in his 73-page order on March 4, 2011: "Can we allow this hard-earned money of Aam Aadmi of India to be spent on these type of proceedings which are not going to do any good to them, after almost 25 years of the so called arms deal. The answer would be a big no."
In the reply to Ajay Agrawal, the CBI said, "The information available on record to Bofors case" is only under the heads expenditure on investigation efforts in foreign countries, payments made to special counsels and other legal charges and expenditure on translation".
The reply showed that the agency while probing R64-crore kickbacks scam spent R1.67 crore on its probe in foreign countries, R2.84 crore and 4.18 lakh Malyasian Ringgit currency which is approximately R61 lakh as per present exchange rates on payments made to special counsels and other legal charges and R25 lakh on translation work.
The agency said, "It is not possible to delink several other miscellaneous expenditure on investigation/supervisory staff spent on Bofors case investigation."
The agency also gave details of R49.53 lakh spent on travel expenses of its officers during the two-decade-old probe, which include airfare, dearness allowance, hotel accommodation, and local transport expenses.