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Bofors case: Dutta went to London on CBI's brief

CBI said neither the Law Ministry nor the Department of Personnel and Training had any role to play in B Dutta's going to London.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 17:58 IST

Seeking to put a lid on the controversy on defreezing of bank of accounts of Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, CBI on Monday said Additional Solicitor General B Dutta went to London in connection with the Bofors case at its directive.

He also said that neither the Law Ministry nor the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) had any role to play in his visit to London.

"Neither the DOPT nor the Law Ministry have any role to play in sending the Additional Solicitor General to London," CBI Joint Director AK Majumdar told reporters in New Delhi.

"This is purely a CBI decision and Crown Prosecution of London only communicates with CBI," he said.

Majumdar said CBI has asked the Crown prosecution whether the London High Court has ordered defreezing of Quattrocchi's accounts in a London Bank.

CBI has informed them about Monday's Supreme Court order directing the investigating agency to ensure that money was not withdrawn from the accounts by Quattrocchi, he said.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 17:58 IST