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CBI revokes plea for Bofors probe permit

DNMUM436444 | 5/17/2019 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :296 | India

New Delhi: Amid the heat of election rhetoric that has seen the Bofors gun deal being raked up, a special court here allowed the CBI to withdraw its plea seeking the court’s nod to further probe the alleged Rs 64-crore kickbacks in the contract, days after chiding the agency for its needless application.
The agency already has the power to reinvestigate a case if it gets fresh evidence under section 173 (8) of the Criminal Procedure Code. Yet it knocked the court’s doors seeking permission, raising many eyebrows.
The CBI’s application was filed on February 1, 2018, when the agency was headed by IPS officer Alok Kumar Verma, who was earlier this year booted out by a high-power committee headed by Prime Minister Narendr
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