Quattrocchi 'may cooperate' with CBI
Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi has denied media reports that he was in touch with Law Minister HR Bhardwaj.india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 14:36 IST
Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi has denied media reports that he was in touch with Law Minister HR Bhardwaj who is at the centre of a controversy following the Government's communication to British authorities leading to defreezing of his bank accounts in London.
Quattrocchi also maintained that Bhardwaj's lawyer son had not advised him in his extradition case in Malaysia. "This is not correct, not at all correct," he told a news channel on telephone from Milan.
Asked about his proximity to the Gandhi family, he said, "Well, I am proud to be a friend of the Gandhi family. But please leave the friendship alone."
Quoting a judge, Quattrocchi said that after 20 years of probe into the Bofors scandal, "no proof, not even an iota" has been established to link him with it.
Asked if he would cooperate with the CBI if he was questioned in Milan, he said that through his lawyer in New Delhi and through press release he always offered his collaboration with the CBI "but I was never officially invited" by the investigative agency to answer the question. "Anyway", he said "I may consider it."
First Published: Jan 17, 2006 13:54 IST