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'No evidence of kickbacks in Scorpene deal'

delhi Updated: May 17, 2008 00:32 IST
HT Correspondent

The CBI on Friday informed the Delhi High Court that no evidence of payment of kick-backs in the Scorpene submarine deal was found after preliminary investigation.

“No case is made out in the deal. Nothing was found about the Scorpene submarine deal kick-back,” advocate Mukta Gupta contended before a bench comprising Justices T.S. Thakur and Siddharth Mridul.

Gupta further pleaded that in view of findings, the PIL seeking a full-fledged inquiry into the deal should be dismissed.

The petitioner, NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation, said it should be supplied a copy of the investigation report to ascertain that a proper inquiry was conducted by the CBI. The investigating agency opposed the plea, saying “There is secret information in the report and it would not be proper to reveal it.”

The Bench, however, was not satisfied and said that if it contains sensitive information which could affect the national security then a proper affidavit has to be filed.