BJP-led NDA didn't prosecute Bofors case successfully: Congress
New Delhi (PTI) On the backfoot over the CBI withdrawing the Red Corner Notice against Bofors case accused Ottavio Quattrocchi, the Congress on Wednesday accused the non-Congress governments, including the BJP-led NDA, of not doing anything to prosecute the case successfully.
"Out of the last 22 years, 10 years were under non-Congress governments. Why didn't they catch Quattrocchi and hang him from the nearest tree," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.
Mr. Singhvi, a senior advocate, said that the then NDA government should be asked why it did not file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the quashing of the High Court order on the Bofors issue in 2004.
"There are people who have built their careers on Bofors.
Why didn't they file an appeal against the Delhi High Court order which quashed the case," Mr. Singhvi said.
He said that after Congress came to power, it found that no appeal was filed at all against the court order.
Mr. Singhvi said that four courts in Malaysia, including its federal court, found no evidence against Quattrocchi and two courts in Argentina too did not find any evidence.
The Congress leader said that Rs 200 crore was spent on the number of trips which the officials made and the legal expenses alone and it has been on record while the alleged kickback was of Rs 64 crore.