Jaya Bachchan delighted over Big B`s exoneration in Bofors scam
New Delhi: Expressing delight over the final exoneration of Amitabh Bachchan`s name in the Bofors Gun case, his wife and Samajwadi Party (SP) lawmaker Jaya Bachchan on Wednesday said the truth had finally come out in the open.
"Whatever news that you have published today we knew all that 25 years ago, but justice takes its own time, and god has its own time to reveal the truth, and today, the truth has come out before everyone, what else do we want," she said.
In an interview that appears on the website hoot.org, former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom has owned up to being the person (Sweden`s Deep Throat) who leaked over 350 documents to Indian journalist Chitra Subramanian, who broke the story.
Lindstrom has revealed that there was no evidence to suggest that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had taken bribe in the Bofors deal.
However, he did not seem to have done much to prevent the cover up that followed in both India and Sweden to protect main accused Ottavio Quattrocchi, against whom, says Lindstrom, there was conclusive evidence.
Lindstrom also gives a clean chit to Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and his family, saying that the story against them was planted in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter by Indian investigators.
"They gave me a list of names to pursue, including the name of Amitabh Bachchan... During that trip to Sweden, the Indian investigators planted the Bachchan angle on DN," he says.
The Bofors case dates back to 1986, when Swiss arms manufacturer Bofors landed a 15 billion dollar contract to supply Howitzer Guns to India. A year later, Swiss media began reporting that the company had paid massive kickbacks to Indian politicians and defence officials.