The Supreme Court is slated to hear Friday the politically-sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case in which CBI earlier this year filed an appeal after a 13-year delay against the Delhi High Court decision quashing charges against all the accused.
The matter would come up for hearing before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice K M Joseph.
The probe agency filed an appeal on February 2 this year against the May 31, 2005 verdict of the Delhi High Court.
BJP leader and advocate Ajay Agrawal, who is pursuing the matter for over a decade, had filed an appeal in the top court in 2005 itself after the CBI had failed to challenge the high court’s order within the mandatory 90 days period.
Agrawal, who contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Rae Bareli against the then Congress president Sonia Gandhi, had filed the appeal in which he had also made CBI as one of the respondents.
After the NDA government came to power, there were speculations that CBI would take a call to either respond as respondent in Agrawal’s petition or prefer a separate appeal.
After a lot of deliberation, the CBI this year got the nod from the NDA government to file an appeal in the apex court.
The filing of the appeal assumes significance as Attorney General Venugopal in January had advised the agency against moving a petition against the high court verdict after a delay of more than a decade....