Advocate Ajay Aggarwal asked AG KK Venugopal to direct CBI to file reply affidavit in Bofor’s case. As per the reports, now on 2nd February 2018, Supreme Court will hear an appeal made by Ajay Aggarwal in Bofors case. The Bofors case has again come before the media after advocate-petitioner asked the attorney general to direct CBI to file an affidavit in Bofors case along with all the necessary documents. In the wake of petitioner urges, the Attorney General advised CBI to present their stand over the case which is pending before the court since a long time.
Ass per the reports, in September 2017, the court had agreed to hear the petition which had been filed by the advocate in 2005 against a Delhi High court order of quashing charges against the Hinduja brother who were involved in the Bofors payoff scam. Later on, he had filed a petition against CBI who conducted an inquiry into the case but failed to challenge the order within the 90 day period.
Bofors scam is the scam of the late 1980’s when the ruling government was Congress and Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India. According to the reports, in March 1986, the Indian government signed a $1.4 billion defence deal (approx. Rs 9,568 crores) with the Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors for 410 field howitzer guns and supply contract. Later on, in 1987 April, Swedish Radio claimed that the Bofors company had paid bribes to senior Indian politicians and the Army personnel to secure the deal. In 1990, CBI registered first reports for cheating, forgery and conspiracy under IPC. And then in 1999, the first charge sheet was filed against the president of Bofors Martin Ardbo, Win Chadda and the Hinduja brother who were alleged in the Bofors scam. And later on in 2011, a special CBI court had discharged the Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi who was also involved in the case.