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BJP slams govt over Bofors issue

BJP slams govt over Bofors issue

Author: Headlines Today Bureau
Publication: India Today
Date: January 5, 2011
URL: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/125634/LATEST%20HEADLINES/bjp-slams-govt-over-bofors-issue.html

The BJP on Wednesday attacked the UPA government, accusing it of shielding Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the Bofors payoff scandal.

Senior leader Arun Jaitley said the Congress could not distance itself from the latest revelation by the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal on the Bofors deal.

On December 31, the ITAT had shot down the appeal of Win Chadha's son Hersh saying "commission was paid to Quattrocchi and Chadha illegally" in the Bofors deal. These "payments were made illegally as the government of India policy did not allow middlemen in Defence deals".

After a meeting of its core group, the party said it would launch a nationwide agitation against the UPA on the corruption issue. Jaitley said that the Congress has been trying to cover up various scams which have hit the party. The main opposition party called for strict action against those involved.

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