New Delhi, Feb 2: The Bofors case is back to haunt the Congress again as the Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday approached the Supreme Court with a petition challenging the Delhi High Court order. The Delhi High Court in 2005 had quashed all charges against the accused persons in the politically-sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case.

The Central probe agency filed the appeal against the May 31, 2005 decision of the high court by which all the accused persons were discharged from the case.

The filing of the appeal by the CBI comes just days after Attorney General K K Venugopal had advised against going for the petition after 12 years of delay. (Also Read: Have enough evidence to file petition, says CBI on Bofors case)

In a recent letter to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Venguopal has said the investigating agency should present its stand in another similar case pending before the apex court in which it is also a party.

“Now, more than 12 years have elapsed. Any SLP filed before the Supreme Court at this stage, in my view, is likely to be dismissed by the Court on account of the long delay itself,” Venugopal said in his letter

However, sources said that the law officers after consultation were in favour of the appeal as the CBI placed some important documents and evidence to challenge the high court order.

(With inputs from PTI)