The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against a 12-year-old order of the high court, cancelling the case against the UK-based business magnates Hinduja brothers, and the Swedish firm, in the Rs. 64-crore Bofors case.
The CBI petition comes just days after Attorney General KK Venugopal advised the government against an appeal, saying it was likely to be dismissed on account of the long delay itself. It is not clear if the CBI and the government were able to persuade the top law officer to review his opinion.
Mr Venugopal had earlier advised the agency to remain a respondent in the case filed by Ajay Kumar Agrawal, a BJP member and advocate, who last year challenged the high court judgment in the Bofors case.
A dismissal of a separate petition by the CBI in the Supreme Court would prejudice this case, the note said.
But the CBI is reported to have been keen to file the appeal and there were reports that top agency officers had told a parliamentary panel recently that they had the evidence to back up their petition also.
Last October, the CBI had indicated that it was considering an appeal against the High Court decision after Michael Hershman, a private detective from US-based firm Fairfax, alleged then Congress government led by Rajiv Gandhi had sabotaged his investigation into the case.