Eight months after the CBI had moved to Supreme Court challenging Delhi High Court's closure on the Bofors case, the apex court on Tuesday accepted the investigative agencies plea, and will hear the matter on October 12, 2018.
Over 12 years ago, the Delhi High Court had closed down the Bofors case. But earlier this year in February, the CBI, after seeking approval from A-G KK Venugopal, approached the SC seeking reopening of the case.
The plea was filed in front of the apex court by the investigative agency after an investigation conducted by Republic TV. Bofors case pertains to a 1986 deal between the Indian government under the then PM Rajiv Gandhi and the Swedish company Bofors for the acquisition of 410 Howitzer field guns.
The agency will be approaching the investigators Michael Hershman and Sten Lindstrom who had made numerous and damning revelations during Republic TV's investigations in 2017. Some of the findings of those investigations are detailed here:
In October 2017, the Central Bureau of Investigation had issued an official statement saying that the agency will be looking into the facts and circumstances as mentioned by Michael Hershman on Republic TV. While addressing a press conference on the development, Union Minister Smriti Irani had also mentioned Republic TV's investigation involving Hershman.