India’s central probe agency to reopen decades-old arms scandal

NEW DELHI: India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has moved the country’s Supreme Court, seeking a fresh probe in a decades-old arms scandal case involving late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of main opposition Congress party.

The scandal broke out in 1987 when Swedish Radio alleged that Swedish defense firm Bofors paid bribes to top Indian politicians, including Rajiv Gandhi, and top defence officials to bag a multi-million dollar deal to supply artillery guns to the Indian Army in 1986.

Rajiv Gandhi – the husband of Sonia Gandhi and father of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi – was named an accused but exonerated in 2004 in the alleged payoffs case. And a year later, the Delhi High Court ordered closure of the case.

Published in Daily Times, February 4th 2018.