Special Correspondent

"How the Congress, its president Sonia Gandhi were absolved?"

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday described the Justice Pathak Inquiry Authority report as a "cover up and farce."

It vowed to take on the UPA Government on the issue, wondering how the Congress and its president Sonia Gandhi were absolved of any wrongdoing.

Briefing reporters here, party spokesperson Vijay Kumar Malhotra said letters written by Ms. Gandhi and oil coupons in her name were not examined by the Authority. "How can these aspects be overlooked and set aside? How the Congress party and Sonia Gandhi have been given clean chit? We will strongly protest this in and out of Parliament." Mr. Malhotra said the party would also raise the issue of Bofors payoffs and Quattrocchi as well as disclosures made by the former Defence Minister, Arun Singh, in an interview to a television channel.