Twenty three years after the Bofors company sold India a few hundred guns, the associated corruption case continues to drag on. But the CBI now feels that it is high time the case was finally closed.
The CBI has a valid point - if you are willing to see it from a certain point of view. The CBI is unable to get Quattrocchi back in India to face trial and if they have found no evidence in the past two decades, why does anyone think they will find anything in the next two decades? It seems almost strange that anyone expects the CBI to keep this case open since they have proved perfectly that they are incapable of investigating it.
Meanwhile, the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) declared that they believed that Quattrocchi had taken Rs 41 crore in kickbacks, which some people would have seen as a new impetus to get on with the investigation. But the CBI dismissed that finding under a simple logic - that was a different, separate tax-related crime, not a criminal one.
Image: BJP activists burn posters of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi during a demonstration over Income Tax Appellate Tribunal's disclosure in Bofors scam, in Bhopal on Jan 4, 2010. (Photograph copyright PTI)CBI presses for withdrawal of case against Qattrocchi | No change in govt stand on Quattrocchi: CBI