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SP questions CBI on clean chit to Quattrocchi

Samajwadi Party questioned CBI as to why it gave a clean chit to Quattrocchi in the Bofors kickback case.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 19:37 IST

Samajwadi Party, which is supporting the UPA government from outside, on Thursday questioned CBI as to why it gave a clean chit to Ottavio Quattrocchi in the Bofors kickback case.

"We have no no faith in the CBI. It gave a clean chit to Quattrocchi in the Bofors case and now Government of India has decided to defreeze his accounts in London", party vice-president Janeshwar Mishra told reporters.

He was responding to newspersons query whether the party was ready to hand over the phone-tapping case to the country's premier investigating agency as has been suggested by CPI leader AB Bardhan.

Earlier, party leader Amar Singh raised a similar question and wanted to know what had been the factor behind defreezing of Quattrocchi's London account.

The British government had frozen Quattrocchi's bank accounts in United Kingdom and offshore islands on India's request three years ago which the Centre has now decided to defreeze on the plea that the Crown prosecution had sought the status of the investigation.

"We have conveyed to them the recent rulings of the High Court rejecting the case against the Hinduja brothers," Law Minister HR Bhardwaj has said.