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…that cannot be taken to a logical end; it is better to leave it at a good juncture.”
No one was ever convicted in the case. While some of the other accused — former Bofors chief Martin Ardbo, Bofors agent Win Chadha and former Defence Secretary S.K. Bhatnagar — are all dead, the Hinduja brothers were also discharged. While referring to the Bofors case in 2009, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: “The Quattrocchi case is an embarrassment for India … It is not a good reflection on the Indian legal system that we harass people while the world says we have no case.”
A ghost created by
BJP, says Congress
Meanwhile, the Congress said Quattrocchi was a “ghost” created by the BJP and slammed the Opposition for trying to use his name to “besmirch” the party and the Gandhi family.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Quattrocchi was a “ghost” created by the BJP and charges against him had been quashed during the NDA rule. “I don’t understand why the Congress should react to the death of somebody who has been a ghost created by the BJP. Somebody has died, his family deserves condolences,” he told NDTV.
Mr. Singhvi said it was in 2004 that the Delhi High Court quashed the charges against Quattrocchi, and the NDA government did not appeal against the ruling.
BJP leader Prakash Javadekar, however, dismissed Mr. Singhvi’s charge, saying the ghost was created because the Congress was “hosting” him. “...the ghost was not created by the BJP but by [the former Prime Minister,] V.P. Singh, and if we created the ghost, it is because you were hosting it.”