The Congress has sent a legal notice to former Swedish investigator in the Bofors case, Sven Lindstorm, asking him to withdraw his remarks on party chief Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi and apologise.
“If you fail to comply… you will suffer all the costs and consequences of your acts and omissions,” said the notice, threatening civil and criminal defamatory action.
The notice, reportedly sent some days back, charged Lindstorm of “intentionally and maliciously” defaming the Congress and Sonia by publishing “false, incorrect and defamatory statements about them, including unwarranted innuendos and insinuations”.
In an interview to a TV channel in September, Lindstorm had said that the investigators wanted to interview Sonia on how and why Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrochhi was given the Bofors money.
The party faulted Lindstorm on several counts, asking how an independent investigator could make “such speculative, baseless, unfounded” comments. It said he did not have any iota of evidence to show that money was paid to the Gandhi family or to link Quattrocchi’s alleged financial dealings with Sonia or the Congress for over 20 years since he claimed to be probing. “Yet, a person like you, without evidence, continue to flog a dead horse,” the party said.