Opposing the plea of an advocate against withdrawal of the two-decade-old Bofors gun deal scam, CBI has told a Delhi court that a private party has no locus standi in it.
The investigating agency told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja that ‘publicity and politics’ have no role to play in matters as this and the petition of a private party against the CBI’s move to close the case be rejected.
It further argued that a private party has no locus to stand in a matter between the court and the CBI and such petition be turned down at the outset.
CBI gave above reasons while responding to a plea of advocate Ajay Agrawal who had challenged it move alleging that it was trying to close the ‘politically sensitive’ case despite having ‘sufficient evidence’ against the 69-year-old Italian businessman.
Earlier, U S Prasad, CBI’s prosecutor, had filed a plea before the court seeking withdrawal of the case against Quattrocchi on the ground that “continuance of his prosecution will be unjustified”.