03 December, 2020

All Roads Lead To Rajiv

The 250-page SIT report on Bofors lying with the government could be used to launch a prosecution, certain to embarass Sonia

All Roads Lead To Rajiv
If Sonia Gandhi can get away by demanding that the names of the beneficiaries of the Bofors payoffs be made public, the responsibility for such audacity must surely lie with the United Front (UF) government. Because Rajiv Gandhi's name, along with his key former aides Gopi Arora and S.K. Bhatnagar, figures in the CBI's Special Investigation Team (SIT) status report submitted to the government last year. The report, which is roughly equivalent to a provisional chargesheet, was ignored by the UF government, surviving as it did on Congress support. Now, given the post-poll compulsions, Sonia's bluff has virtually gone off unchallenged.

Well-placed sources in SIT told Outlook that Rajiv's name appears—not as a beneficiary—but because as prime minister and defence minister, he was involved in one of the swiftest government decisions ever of awarding a hefty defence contract. And, of course, for the subsequent cover-up operation, which was handled quite clumsily by the prime minister's office (PMO), leading to the suspicion that Rajiv Gandhi had a personal stake in the...



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