A Bofors gun fires in the Kargil war

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Indian army soldiers fire Bofors gun during Kargil War

Photo by T Narayan/Outlook

A Bofors gun fires in the Kargil war

Photograph by T. Narayan

DIED OottaviIo QuattrocchiI, 74, Bofors scam main accused who never stood trial, ending 25-year saga. Courts gave up, dissed CBI's spending of “ Rs 250 cr probing a Rs 64-crore scam”.

Battle worthy The Bofors gun proved itself in Kargil

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BJP members in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi during the ongoing budget session. The Bofors issue led to disruption in Lok Sabha with the BJP and Left parties demanding reopening of the graft case and a judicial probe into it. BJP members trooped into the Well following heated exchanges with Congress members, forcing Speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn the House for over 90 minutes.


Amitabh Bachchan reacts as he interacts with the media in Mumbai. Bachchan, once a close friend of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was one of the many people suspected of having taken a kickback to help a Swedish company, AB Bofors, secure a gun deal with the Indian government in the late 1980s. According to news reports, the Swedish whistleblower who exposed the Bofors scandal 25 years ago suggested Bachchan wasn't at all involved in the arms deal scandal.

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Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley speaks during the party's 'Karyakarta Sammelan' organised to fight against the alleged corruption by the Congress in 2G Spectrum and Bofors scams, in New Delhi. Taking the attack on the ruling dispensation a notch further, the BJP accused the Prime Minister of leading the "most corrupt" government in the country's history and said the UPA II has little idea on how to deal with the various problems plaguing the country.

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Sandeep Adhwaryu

The much-maligned Bofors guns in action in Kargil, ’99

Jitender Gupta

Pinnacle shot The investigation of the Bofors howitzer deal was one of the high points of Indian journalism


Cynical. Brazen. Incompetent: The UPA dropped charges against Quattrocchi in the middle of an election campaign. The PM said: "The Quattrochchi case is an embarrassment for the government of India. We have tried to extradite him from Malaysia, from Argentina, and the courts have said we don’t have a strong case. Now, it is not a good reflection on the Indian legal system that we harass people while the world says we have no case. Before the matter was referred, Interpol asked India why do we want to keep him under the red corner notice. The law ministry referred the matter to the Attorney General, who gave the advice that it (the notice) should be lifted." The PM of course did not go on to tell us about the role played by his own government's law minister or Attorney General.