India; CBI willing to reconduct preliminary inquiry in Scorpene deal


New Delhi : The CBI Wednesday expressed its willingness to reconduct the preliminary inquiry into allegations of kickbacks in the Scorpene submarine deal after it failed to convince the Delhi High Court that it had made an honest effort to investigate the matter earlier.

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A Bench comprising Justice T S Thakur and Justice Veena Birbal allowed the Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to take instruction from the CBI on the issue and directed him to inform it Thursday.

At the start of the proceeding, the CBI contended that it could not find evidence of kickbacks in the deal and it was keeping the case open for further investigation.

It, however, refrained from giving details of the inquiry conducted so far on the complaint filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan alleging 4 per cent kickback involved in the submarine deal.

“It literally amounts to sitting over the complaint by saying that you have kept the case open,” the Bench said adding, the matter needed to be inquired to take the complaint to its logical conclusion and open-endedness would take it nowhere.

“If you think that some magic will happen and you would be told about the case without conducting investigation then it means you do not want to do your work,” the Bench said, adding that there was a need to conduct fresh inquiry on the complaint.