"A huge bubble was created with media's help"
NEW DELHI: While discharging the three Hinduja brothers and the
erstwhile Swedish company A.B. Bofors in the Bofors gun deal case on
Tuesday, Justice R.S. Sodhi of the Delhi High Court pulled up the
Central Bureau of Investigation for wasting nearly Rs. 250 crores of
public money on the investigation for 14 years.
Mr. Justice Sodhi also criticised the media for aiding the
investigating agency in creating what he called "a huge bubble" during
the investigations. "Before parting, I must express my disapproval at
the investigations that went on for 14 years and I was given to
understand that it cost the exchequer nearly [Rs.] 250 crores," he
Regarding the role of the media, Mr. Justice Sodhi said: "During the
investigation a huge bubble was created with the aid of the media
which, however, when tested by the court, burst leaving behind a
disastrous trail of suffering."
On the ruination of the careers of the accused persons, he observed:
"Careers — both political and professional — were ruined, besides
causing huge economic loss. Many an accused lived and died with a
He hoped that the elite investigating agency (CBI) "will be more
responsible in future."
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