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Bofors: Will probe detective’s allegations against Rajiv Gandhi, says CBI

NEW DELHI: The CBI said on Wednesday that it would look into the “facts and circumstances” of the Bofors scam mentioned by private detective Michael Hershman, who alleged that the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government had sabotaged his investigation.

Hershman, who is the president of the US-based private detective firm Fairfax, claimed in television interviews recently that Rajiv Gandhi was “furious” when he had found a Swiss bank account ‘Mont Blanc'”. Hershman alleged that the bribe money of the Bofors gun scandal had been parked in the Swiss account. He was in New Delhi last week to address a conference of private detectives

“The agency has learnt of the matter pertaining to the Bofors aired on certain TV channels containing interview of Michael Hershman,” CBI information officer and spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

“Facts and circumstances as mentioned in the interview will be looked into as per due process by the CBI,” Dayal said.

Hershman was quoted as saying that Rajiv Gandhi got very upset when “our work was uncovered”. He then established a SC commission to look into the circumstances surrounding then finance minister VP Singh’s hiring of Fairfax.

In the interviews Hershman has expressed his willingness to testify and help Indian agencies on the Rs 64 crore Bofors gun pay-off scandal but the effort has to be a credible. The development comes even as the CBI recently told Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee that it has informed the SC of its willingness to continue a probe into the Bofors scandal.

Source : timesofindia

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