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Quattrocchi out of CBI, Interpol lists

Quattrocchi out of CBI, Interpol lists

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 28, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/172628/Quattrocchi-out-of-CBI-Interpol-lists.html

Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, an accused in the Bofors payoffs case, has been taken off the CBI list of wanted persons, sparking a protest by Opposition parties which demanded an immediate probe into the working of the agency for the last five years.

Following a communication from the CBI, the Interpol has taken Quattrocchi's name off the Red Corner notice lingering for the last one decade.

BJP prime ministerial candidate LK Advani said "this is a very serious issue". "It is not a question of Quattrocchi alone but the entire role of the agency during the last five years which should be probed".

Putting up a brave defence, the Government said it had no role to play in the move by the agency which took the decision on the basis of a legal opinion given by Attorney General Milon Banerjee in October last year.

CBI spokesman Harsh Bahal said, "The case has been under trial in the courts since 1999. CBI has taken action on the basis of legal advice of the highest order. We will inform the competent court on the next date of hearing (April 30, 2009)."

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