In a fresh bid to break the Bofors jinx, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday cleared proposal to acquire 814 artillery guns for Rs 15,750 crore while deferring decision on joint bid by Tata Sons and Airbus to replace IAF's Avro transport fleet and also procurement of 106 Swiss Pilatus basic trainer aircraft.
BJP on Sunday hit out at Sonia Gandhi over claims that an alleged middlemen in the VVIP chopper scam had asked a contact in India to "target" the Congress chief and her advisors to clinch the deal, saying it was a repeat of the Bofors scam and the issue will be raised in parliament.
In the wake of charges of delay in conducting probe in the VVIP chopper deal, the government on Thursday said an independent ED probe was underway and investigations should be allowed to run their due course.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani said PM`s claim that UPA`s victory in 2009 polls absolved his govt of all charges in cash-for-votes scam would mean Rajiv Gandhi was guilty in Bofors case as he had lost the subsequent 1989 elections.
He is interested in getting "cheap
publicity" and has "wasted" precious judicial hours, a Delhi
Court on Friday said about lawyer Ajay Agrawal who has been
pursuing Bofors payoff case for years in various courts.