New Delhi / Rai Bareli, Apr 29 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Arun Jaitley has said that if voted back to power, a commission would be formed to investigate the role of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the high-profile Bofors arms scandal.
Flaying at the CBI for withdrawing Interpol red corner notice against Quattrocchi, a key figure in the Bofors arms deal, Jaitley said that the CBI has worked under the influence of the Central Government ruled by the Congress Party, and hence the need for a commission to ascertain the truth.
However, defending the Congress Party, Congress spokesperson and Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma considered the BJP allegation as a clear case of double standards and using it for electoral purposes.
Sharma recalled that in 1990 Jaitley, as the then Additional Solicitor General was associated with the investigations into the Bofors case.
Further, he added that in 2004, Jaitley was the Central Law Minister and even then could not do anything as such holding Congress responsible for the CBI's action is illogical.
"Jaitley, I think has forgotten that during the V P Singh ruled Government, he was the Additional Solicitor General and had gone on a world tour in 1990 promising the country to bring evidence in the case. In 2004, the Delhi High Court took a decision stating no evidence and during that tenure Jaitley was the Law Minister and L K Advani the Home Minister. What did they do?" asked Shrama.
Meanwhile, at Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, commenting on the Bofors scam said that the CBI needs to again look into the matter so that the real culprits of the high profile scam are brought to book. (ANI)