Bofors deal: BJP flogging a dead horse, says Sibal
Congress Thursday went on the offensive against the BJP on the Bofors pay-offs, saying the NDA regime had failed to come up with any evidence of criminal conspiracy on the issue when it was in power.
New Delhi: Congress Thursday went on the
offensive against the BJP on the Bofors pay-offs, saying the NDA regime had failed to come up with any evidence of criminal
conspiracy on the issue when it was in power.
"I personally think that it`s time the BJP realises that
they are flogging a dead horse.
"I remember when the NDA was in power and Mr (Arun)
Jaitley knows who the Law Minister was, that his additional
solicitor general in the High Court conceded and its recorded
in the court judgement of justice J D Kapoor that there was no
evidence of any criminal conspiracy or criminal culpability,"
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said.
He said a Malaysian court had also castigated the then
NDA government for having failed to bring on record any
evidence despite several opportunities given to them and for
six years they tried very hard.
Sibal`s reaction came on a day when BJP alleged that the
CBI and the government were protecting middlemen who had
received kickbacks in the Bofors deal and sought a
clarification from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
President Sonia Gandhi on the matter.
The principal opposition also hit out at Congress General
Secretary Digvijay Singh for questioning the timing of the
Income Tax Appellate Tribunal verdict.