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CBI to look into Fairfax detective Michael Hershman’s Bofors allegations

Michael Hershman in a television interview said Rajiv Gandhi was ‘furious’ when he had found a Swiss bank account Mont Blanc. He also alleged that the bribe money of Bofors gun scandal had been parked in the Swiss account.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2017 16:35 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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In his interviews, Michael Hershman has expressed his willingness to testify and help Indian agencies on the Rs 64 crore Bofors gun pay-off scandal but the effort has to be a credible one. (AFP File Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Wednesday that it would look into the “facts and circumstances” of the Bofors scam mentioned by private detective Michael Hershman, who alleged that the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government had sabotaged his investigation.

Hershman, who is the president of the US-based private detective firm Fairfax, claimed in television interviews recently that Rajiv Gandhi was “furious” when he had found a Swiss bank account Mont Blanc.

Hershman, who was in New Delhi last week to address a conference of private detectives, also alleged that the bribe money of the Bofors gun scandal had been parked in the Swiss account.

“The agency has learnt of the matter pertaining to the Bofors aired on certain TV channels containing interview of Michael Hershman,” CBI information officer and spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said in a statement.

“Facts and circumstances as mentioned in the interview will be looked into as per due process by the CBI,” he said.

Hershman was quoted as telling television channels that Rajiv Gandhi got very upset when “our work was uncovered”. He then established a Supreme Court commission to look into the circumstances surrounding then finance minister VP Singh’s hiring of Fairfax.

In his interviews, Hershman has expressed his willingness to testify and help Indian agencies on the Rs 64 crore Bofors gun pay-off scandal but the effort has to be a credible one.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 16:35 IST