The arrest of Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in Argentina has been overshadowed by the delay in the news being made public. The leader of the Opposition, L.K. Advani, has asked four pointed questions: When did the CBI hear of the detention? When did the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hear of the arrest? When did the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi hear of it? And what was the rationale behind “suppressing” the news for 17 days?
The implicit charge is that the government knew of the arrest earlier, and that the news was kept under the lid because it would show the UPA government which defreezed Quattrocchi’s bank accounts in poor light and because it could have impacted the assembly elections The BJP would also like to believe that Sonia knew of the arrest before Manmohan, and somehow conspired to have her way, given her umbilical link with the Bofors controversy.
What do you think? Is Sonia Gandhi behind the coverup? Has Manmohan once again showed how spineless he is? Will the Bofors scandal bounce back into the national consciousness? Will it deal a body-blow to the Congress and in the UP elections? Is a desperate opposition clinging on to any straw it can find? Or will the latest developments only produce some more hot air?