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Bofors payoffs: CBI to keep digging

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January 14, 2006 20:22 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation would continue with its investigations to establish whether the two bank accounts in London were in anyway connected with the Bofors payoff case pending against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi and if required issue further requests to other countries.

Highly placed sources in the CBI said that the agency would continue with the investigation to establish whether the two accounts in London were in anyway connected with the case of conspiracy to cheat, a chargesheet of which had been filed in the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court against the Italian businessman.

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When contacted, CBI spokesman G Mohanty said the CBI would continue its efforts to trace and connect the money in the two accounts -- 5A5151516L and 5A5151516M -- with BSIAG Bank London, having three million Euros and one million dollars respectively -- with the alleged payment received by Quattrocchi.

The efforts include pursuing with the execution of the Letters Rogatory and also sending additional Letters Rogatory, if required, the spokesman said, adding thatĀ even in the absence of a formal extradition treaty with Italy, where Quattrocchi is believed to be living, CBI would take all possible efforts through legal and diplomatic channels to obtain his presence to face trial in the Bofors case.

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