The Kargil war purchase scam that embarrassed the NDA regime is finally proving to be a damp squib.
In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the UPA government on Thursday admitted that out of 26 cases registered CBI has found criminality only in one while another one is pending investigation.
The agency has filed a closure report in the case concerning the procurement of aluminium caskets.
In eight cases the ministry of defence imposed penalties or levied liquidated damages on firms for failing to act in accordance with terms of the agreement.
Departmental action was initiated in one case. However, in none of the cases CBI found any criminality, the Centre told SC.
The top court is seized of a PIL seeking a direction to the CBI to fix responsibility against government employees and firms responsible for the alleged irregularities in the war purchase during the Kargil war. The irregularities were highlighted by CAG in 35 specific cases.
The CBI too has filed its fresh affidavit in the case before SC. Its contention supports the government stand. It said the agency had undertaken careful and critical scrutiny of documents pertaining to 26 cases.