New Delhi, Apr 25 - The ghost of Bofors returned to haunt the Congress party today with the BJP targeting it following fresh allegations that Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister may have soft-pedalled the probe into kickbacks in the gun deal to protect Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi.
In an interview, former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstorm, who owned up being the whistleblower in the illegal payoffs case, has said there was no evidence to suggest that Gandhi had taken a bribe in the Bofors deal but that he did nothing to prevent the cover-up that followed in both India and Sweden to protect Quattrocchi.
Training its guns on the Congress, BJP said it will raise the Bofors pay-offs issue in Parliament.
"The entire government of India at that point in time was out to save Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, including then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party where the issue was raised by senior leader Arun jaitley.
Brushing aside the allegations, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said the Bofors case is closed and there is no need to reopen it.
The Law Minister also sought a public apology from all those making wild allegations against Gandhi for the past many years and tarnishing his image and hurting his family members.
"There was a detailed investigation and there were Supreme Court and High Court proceedings that took place and the decision that came endorsed those proceedings.
"I don't think we can continue to reopen these issues...
We don't want a new chapter to be opened. The final decision of the Supreme Court should not be reopened," Khurshid told reporters here. PTI