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Republic Tv Exposes Bofors Case: Shocking Chitra Names Rajiv Gandhi Directly

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    Bofors Case: 5 Questions The Congress Needs To Answer

    However, questions over the Congress' involvement in the deal still remain. Here are some of them:

    If Congress believed Rajiv was innocent, why didn’t they contact Lindstorm at all? Is that suspicious that even if it were to clear Rajiv’s name — why didn’t they approach the chief investigating officer?

    Rajiv Gandhi represented all of India as PM and the allegation is that he was the one who proposed kickbacks in the Bofors deal, according to the chief investigating officer. Can the Congress brush this aside as political vendetta? Aren’t they answerable with counter proof?

    The boxes were lying in India since 1997… We haven’t heard of the boxes at all. We just know that the case gave a clean chit to Rajiv in 2004… What happened to the boxes and why hasn’t any govt spoken about them? Isn’t it time to open them up and get the CBI back into investigating?

    Sten claims that the dying Martin Ardbo told him he was present on a flight wherein Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi “discussed payments” and “wanted Mr. Olof to receive funds for purpose of his own”. Now the name involved was not only a sitting PM who belonged to the Congress but was Rahul Gandhi’s father. How can the Gandhis skim the surface on this one?

    Isn’t the Congress answerable to the country on the dirty details of the Bofors deal especially when Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 had himself assured the Lok Sabha no middlemen were involved and no kickbacks were paid and today we have a counter narrative saying he was the one proposing the kickback to Palme even before the deal was signed?

    http://www.republicworld.com/s/3407/bofors-case-5-questions-the-congress-needs-to-answer
     
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    On July 23, Republic TV broke a world exclusive about the first big scam in India, which the media exposed but has never been solved — the Bofors scandal.

    Over three decades after the scam was covered up, Republic TV's editorial advisor Chitra Subramaniam, who first brought out the Bofors documents in public view, spoke to the person who was heading the National Investigation Department of Sweden, the country where Bofors was based.

    Sten Lindstrom, now 71, who has never appeared on a TV interview, is the chief investigator who knows all about the case. In the following snippet from the long conversation he had with Chitra Subramaniam, he makes some extraordinary revelations.

    Here are the people being spoken of:

    Sten Lindstrom : Sten Lindström, the former head of the Swedish police who led the investigations into the Bofors-India howitzer deal. He had in an interview in 2012 disclosed that he was the one who fed the journalistic investigation that was published on the pages of The Hindu in 1988-89

    Rajiv Gandhi: The then prime minister of India, to this point he has been alleged of receiving kickbacks from Bofors AB. He was posthumously cleared from this allegation in 2004 by the Delhi High Court.

    Olof Palme: Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister who had initiated the deal but was assassinated just a month before the actual contract was signed.

    Ottavio Quattrocchi: The alleged middle man. Quattrocchi, who passed away in 2013, was the alleged middle man in the Bofors scandal. While alive, he was being sought in India for criminal charges for acting as an alleged conduit for bribes in the scandal.

    Martin Ardbo: Former Bofors chief Ardbo was chargesheeted by the CBI, as was the company.

    The conversation:

    STEN: Yes. They said that he [Martin Ardbo] had been on a flight from India in early night in 1986 and in that flight, Olof Palme and PM Rajiv Gandhi had been as well and they had discussed payments because Rajiv Gandhi wanted Mr. Olof to receive funds for Bofors for purpose of his own. Whatever (purpose). Mr. Olof suggested that if that was necessary, some funds would go to funds in Bofors' name foundation, for development of industry and employment in the name of Bergslagsfonden

    CHITRA: That is very interesting. You are saying that the suggestion to take some money from Bofors for Sweden or the party came from Rajiv Gandhi?

    STEN: Not to take it...it was suggested from him that Mr Palme would receive money for some purpose of his own. Whatever (purpose). And it was decided that 50 million Swedish Krona would go to this fund…I don't exactly know if it...you know there have been funds before. Bofors had a foundation for development of the industry in the region. But they created a new foundation for this money from Bofors. That was connected to the sale of the guns to India. You understand?

    CHITRA: Well this is quite big, you know on this story Mr Lindstrom there has always been a suspicion that where some money is being paid back to Sweden and this is the first time that...what you're saying makes that link. It's never been made before

    STEN: No it hasn't been made, but as you say, the suspicion…as in some way was done…this might be the explanation then.

    CHITRA: So you then visited Orebro [location in Sweden] to figure out if this foundation was actually a setup and this was following a Letter Rogatory from India [issued by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government], right?

    STEN: Yes the purpose of the investigation was to look into how this money has been handled — who benefitted from it. And it was found that 30 million of this 50 million had been used to support some factories and workshops in the region of Bergslagen. So it was used as it was statuted in the statute of the foundation.

    CHITRA: So this is a conversation that took place between Mr Rajiv Gandhi and Mr Olof Palme to which Martin Ardbo was a witness.

    STEN: Yes

    CHITRA: But now looking at it, it looks like a quid-pro-quo doesn't it? Like the note that you have shared says that it would make things easier for India to get some monies if some monies were also taken in Sweden.

    STEN: Yes that is how it looks. Yes.

    As can be seen above, Sten reveals that in 1986, on a flight from India, then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had wanted that Sweden's Prime Minister Olof Palme also receive funds from Bofors for his own purposes. As a result, a fund comprising 50 million Swedish Krona was shifted to a foundation, and 30 million of this was used for the economic development of a region in Sweden. 20 million remained.

    As Chitra Subramaniam highlights, Sten's revelations shed light on suspicions at that time that money had also been paid back to Sweden. This was done on Rajiv Gandhi's suggestion, Sten says.

    You can watch the story unfold here.
     
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    CONgress are shameless crooks, they will just brush this off and will never answer any of these questions.

    A family that has only ever been in politics is worth BILLIONS of dollars, where does everyone think they got their wealth from? That they can continue to be a credible candidate in India exposes India's cultural acceptance of criminals, it's sickening.
     
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    Imagine, Nehru started it all thru Jeep Scandal with Menon, the same crook duo because of whom we lost 1962. from Jeep scandal to Agusta westland, imagine the amount of money they have made. Not even a single deal during Khangrass or UPA regime is free from kickbacks. Today they are questioning NaMo, why the armed forces have shortage of equipment?
     
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    70+ years of looting India and skimming off the top, sadly not even the so-called "nationalists" in power now have the b@lls to dig into all this and expose them for who they are. Such is the nature of Indian politics where morals are considered a weakness.
     
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    We need Rahul Gandhi servicing the People of India for atleast 10 Years.

    I fully backed Raga what he is doing, and he is doing Great. Lage Raho Mamoo, Hum tumhare Piche Hai.
     
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    I can assure you no matter what other scam they had a hand in, Bofors was not one of them. Bofors was/is a shit salad that everyone tries to add a bit to. Over the years Rajiv Gandhi, Amitabh Bachhan etc, have been said to have a hand in Bofors. Anyone and everyone who had a score to settle and political gain named any name he could pull out his ass.
    (I can't understand how Dimple Kapadia escaped though)

    My personal assessment is that Rajiv knew about the kickbacks/ or at least eventually knew about the kickbacks and did nothing about it.

    Arnab 'Gau' swami is the biggest shit salad maker of them all. You shouldn't take him seriously.
     
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    I have only one question

    The boxes were lying in India since 1997

    BPJ was in power and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was PM between 1998 and 2004
     
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    AAP can only talk and do nothing else

    They are all crooks and idiots as bad as CPM
     
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    unlike other parties they've decide they'll do exactly 3 or 4 things and do them well. Results are there for all to see

    1. Slum redevelopment


    2. shcools (onbviously an IIT trained engineer will place this above all)




    No 'gaumata', no 'we will teach hindu pride' etc.
     
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    What about jan lokpal, Mohalla sabha, Deciding budget in consultation with people? PWD scam?
     

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