DNA Exclusive: ‘Buried’ Bofors files to be dug up
Even as it waits for the Centre’s nod to reopen the Bofors kickback case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) top brass is learnt to have issued directions to key officers to locate the “buried” files connected to the case and prepare a fresh list of witnesses and accused who are “still alive”.
Sources in the CBI told DNA that these instructions were issued at a meeting chaired by CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma following the DNA interview of the private investigator in the case, Michael J Hershman, who questioned the role of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the case.
The CBI is also planning to constitute a new team headed by a Joint Director-rank officer to re-investigate the case. Further, the agency is trying to get in touch with earlier investigators of the case — which continues to have huge political ramifications, especially now that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to be elevated as party president.
In a letter to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which is the administrative department in charge of the CBI, the agency has conveyed that it wants to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) challenging the Delhi High Court judgment of May …read more