In a massive global exclusive, the man who first found Bofors papers revealed the truth for the first time in a TV interview and exposed Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress government, and it's politicians. Michael Hershman, in a sensational interview to Republic TV’s Prema Sridevi, hinted that powerful politicians exist in India who risk being identified in Bofors.
On being questioned about what is the real cause behind the Bofors deal not reaching its logical end, Hershman responded by saying,
"Because I think there are still very powerful politicians in this country that are at risk of being identified as having taken Bofors money."
He added that, if ever asked by the Indian government now or in the future to testify before an agency, a commission or a court of law regarding the findings of the Bofors deal, he said, "if it's a credible request, if I really believe there is really a will to get to the bottom of it and it's not just some public relations stunt I will certainly be willing to do it."
Hershman founded the Fairfax Group in 1983 and since then has been retained by governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations and international financial institutions to assist on matters relating to transparency and accountability in governance and compliance. He is an internationally recognized expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability, governance, litigation, and security.
On October 18, taking cognizance of Republic TV's explosive interview with the first Bofors secret investigator, the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI's) spokesperson, Abhishek Dayal, issued an official statement saying that the agency will be looking into the facts and circumstances as mentioned in by Michael Hershman.
On the very same day, Union Minister Smriti Irani acknowledged and quoted Michael Hershman's interview on Bofors and said that the investigative agency will look into the facts that emerged from his interview.
Republic asks: Given Michael Hershman’s experience and credentials established at transparency international Interpol and on the Senate Watergate Committee, can his allegations be brushed aside without a probe?