In a massive development following Republic TV expose on the Bofors scandal, the issue was raised for the second time in Parliament on Wednesday.
Speaking on the scandal, BJP’s Ananth Kumar said, “Bofors has resurfaced again. It is in public domain. It is on electronic media, print media and social media. How will Kharge stop it? It has come to the world now.”
However, the Congress party continues to remain defiant. Top Congress sources told Republic TV, ‘Gandhi’s will not speak on this, let them reinvestigate. This will last (issue) till this session as it is well timed coinciding with parliament session. Why is it becoming the only talking point of the BJP?’
EXCUSE 1: HIGH COURT HAS CLOSED THE CASE
EXCUSE 2: IT’S A ‘TARGET GANDHI’ OPERATION
Earlier, sources told Republic TV that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has allegedly said that the party will go to any extent to protect the image of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. “They are trying to taint my husband and our former leader. We cannot allow this and the party will go to any extent to protect the image of Rajiv-ji,” she reportedly said. She also asserted that son, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi would no speak on the raging controversy over the Bofors scandal.
EXCUSE 3: NO MERIT TO RAISE IT
EXCUSE 4: MORE MONEY ON PROBE THAN SCAM
Congress’ Rajiv Shukla said, “64 crore was the allegation which they have not been able to prove till now but the probe has costed 264 crore. This is an absurd drama (ajeeb tamasha).”
EXCUSE 5: IT’S POLITICS
Veerappa Moily of the Congress said, ‘BJP is just raising this issue in the context of coming elections. Bofors is the best gun available today. BJP is just targeting the Gandhi’s, it won’t work for them.’
On July 23, Republic TV broke a world exclusive about one of the biggest scams in the history of Independent India, which the media exposed but has never been solved — the Bofors scandal.
Over three decades after the scam was covered up, Republic TV's editorial advisor Chitra Subramaniam, who first brought out the Bofors documents in public view, spoke to the person who was heading the National Investigation Department of Sweden, the country where Bofors is based.
Sten Lindstrom, now 71, who has never appeared in a TV interview to an Indian channel, is the chief investigator who knows all about the case. In an interview with Chitra Subramaniam, and subsequently, in an interview with Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, Sten makes some extraordinary revelations.