Nod to defreeze Quattrochhi accounts
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Nod to defreeze Quattrochhi accounts

Govt has reportedly given the nod to UK authorities as "there is no evidence" linking the Italian to Bofors pay-offs.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 03:48 IST

The UPA government has reportedly conveyed to the British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that it would have no objection if Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrochhi's two bank accounts in London were defrozen as "there is no evidence directly linking him to the Bofors pay-offs".

It also told the CPS that the Indian government had no plans to appeal against a Delhi High Court order of May 2005 exonerating the Hinduja brothers in the same matter.

A CNN-IBN press release on Wednesday said Additional Solicitor General B Datta visited the CPS (which represented India in the UK courts in connection with an order to restrain Quattrochhi's UK assets) on December 22, 2005.

The CBI and the Law Ministry have not reacted to the channel's claims.

Even as Datta also refused to discuss the case with CNN-IBN, a CPS spokesperson confirmed the December meeting, stating "…The CPS met the Additional Solicitor General of India in December about this matter and has corresponded with the High Court about it".

On being contacted by HT for its version, the PMO had no immediate comment.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 02:19 IST