In a new twist to Bofors scam, accused Win Chadha’s son has approached a Delhi court to release documents related to his father’s Swiss bank accounts.
The CBI had seized these documents in May 1997 following investigations in the scam.
Hersh Washesher Chadha, a resident of Dubai, through the consulate filed an application before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav seeking the release of the documents related to his father’s Swiss bank account, bonds and shares, as the CBI has already closed the case by withdrawing the case against Quattrocchi, and there is no criminal proceedings left in the matter.
Win Chadha was the Bofors agent in India. He died on October 24, 2001, following which the criminal proceedings against him had abated. Bofors admittedly paid the amounts to the assessor (Win Chadha), AE Services, Ottavio Quattrocchi an Italian businessman and other entities.
The court has fixed April 15, as next day to conduct further hearing in the case.
The application said he is the only legal heir of his father, and its bonafide right to claim possession of all the documents.
According to the CBI, Chadha was a key accused in the case, as he received kick backs in collusion with Quattrocchi in R64 crore-Bofors scam.
After his death the agency said it’s a setback to the progress of the trial and would weaken the thrust of the case, which relates to conspiracy and payment of commission in the gun deal.
The application states: “The CBI officials had seized a number of documents and articles from the office and residence of late Washesher Nath Chadha (Win Chadha) on May 1 1997, by way of executing number of seizure memos in which the particulars of the documents/articles are described.”