The Supreme Court on Monday directed the CBI to apprise it within three days of the status of investigation into the controversial Barak missile deal involving arms dealer Suresh Nanda who has been restrained from leaving the country.
While asking the investigating agency to place before it an affidavit in this regard, a Bench comprising Justices G P Mathur and Aftab Alam also wanted to know from Nanda, who has sought release of his passport, the details of his proposed foreign visit.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the NRI arms dealer, said his business was suffering as a result of the seizure of his passport. He has been in the country for 15 months and his business all over the world was suffering, he added.
However, Additional Solicitor General Amrender Sharan, appearing for CBI, opposed the plea saying that Nanda's involvement in the deal was to be probed as he had allegedly received kickbacks in the Rs 1,150-crore defence deal with an Israeli firm.
The ASG said probe was being conducted against Nanda, son of former Navy Chief S M Nanda, who allegedly had brought money from abroad without specifying its source.
He said investigation will take some time as the case has international ramifications and the investigating agency was waiting for replies from various countries on the Letters Rogatory sent to them.
The agency said once the responses are received, Nanda would be confronted with documents relating to the case.