Raking up Bofors issue aimed at defaming Congress: Kharge

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The Bofors scandal making rounds once again has left the Congress party fuming. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday said the issue "is politically motivated to defame the Congress".

Mallikarjun Kharge

"After so many years the government is bringing up Bofors issue again, it is politically motivated to defame the Congress," said Kharge, the leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha.

The Central Bureau of Investigation recently said that it would continue to probe the Bofors case dating back to the 1980s. It told the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee that it had informed the Supreme Court about its willingness to continue the probe.

The Bofors case was raised by BJP MPs in the monsoon session of Parliament and was seen as part of a bid by the ruling party to keep up the pressure on main opposition Congress over the issue of corruption.

The PAC is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss reports. Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will meet on Wednesday to discuss reports not related to Bofors but committee chair, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, is understood to have raised some questions with members of the subcommittee, which examined pending audit reports, including the one on Bofors.

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