More than Sonia Gandhi former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh is answerable to the nation about Augusta Westland Defense Scam. Because he was the head of the government under constitutional oath to protect the national interests, integrity and national security which was clearly compromised in Augusta Westland Fraud by his government.
He ought to take full responsibility and approach the present government to set up Supreme court investigation to find the truth and punish the guilty. He can not absolve himself from the responsibility when he was running the government. And if Sonia Gandhi was not allowing him to work independently with the freedom , he should come clean on this serious national breach of trust during his governance.
Till Today, nation doesn’t know in Bofors Gun deal who earned commissions. Gandhi family name figured in the scam but everything was so well managed by Congress, that no trail was left and neither any footprint to prove the bribes given and bribes taken.
What was Bofors Scandal?
In 1986, India and Sweden entered a $1.4 billion arms deal wherein Swedish arms manufacturing firm AB Bofors sold 400 field howitzers to India, and got a supply contract almost twice that amount. It was the biggest arms deal ever in Sweden. But a Swedish Radio report in 1987 claimed that Bofors paid kickbacks, amounting to Rs 640 million, to top Indian politicians and key defense officials to secure the deal.
An Italian businessman, Ottavio Quattrocchi, acted as a middleman in the scandal.
Quattrocchi was alleged to be close to the family of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. While denying any such corruption behind the deal, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assured the Lok Sabha that no middleman was involved and no kickbacks were paid.
In an unparalleled display of investigative journalism in Indian history, Chitra Subramaniam, a stringer working with Hindu, who was based in Geneva, secured over 350 documents detailing the payoffs. The man who revealed the documents to Chitra was Sten Lindstrom, head of Swedish police who led the investigations into the Bofors-India arms deal.
Jan 3, 2011:
An Income Tax tribunal rules that commission in violation of Indian laws was indeed paid to Quattrochi and Chadha in the gun deal that cost the national exchequer Rs. 412.4 million some 23 years ago.
Feb 21, 2011:
CBI says no change in its stand in the wake of Income tax tribunal order. Court defers order on March 4.
March 4, 2011:
Court allows CBI’s plea to withdraw the case against Quattrocchi.
Who was in power then?? Congress led by Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh.
This scam was buried deep in the congress well of shame and Gandhi family was given clean chit by making it look like the allegations against the Gandhi family are totally false, and fabricated.
But the truth is Bofors paid kickbacks, amounting to Rs 640 million, to top Indian politicians and key defense officials to secure the deal.
Millions of dollars were paid as bribe and the accused got away with the murder. How can congress keep cheating people of India on their loot??
In Augusta Westland, Italian high court has convicted the middlemen from Italy who gave bribes to Indian officials and politicians to sway the contract in their favor. It is now proved by the high court of Italy in two years of court trial that the bribes were indeed paid by the company and the names of the Indians, from politicians to bureaucrat, who received the bribes are spelt out by the Italian high court.
There is a mention in the court annexure to its final verdict that says clearly.The main driving force to manage this deal in favor of the August Westland company was nobody other than Sonia Gandhi.
Will Modi government now act and book those who cheated, looted this country and send them to jail???
Or this too will end up finally like Bofors where the accused were provided the escape route by the political mafia, then congressmen and Quorochi who was close to Gandhi family got away with the loot??
Obviously, we are not fools to understand… Quotrochhi was the only person who made money for himself from the arms deal with India. Sonia Gandhi family has roots in Italy… Her family is based in Italy, her contacts are in Italy….
Was he or was he not a front man for the Gandhi family???
Of course, now the nation wants to know, who all are cheating on Indians ??
By Ajay Angre