Chronology: Bofors graft row over 27 years
New Delhi: Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi who died of a heart attack in Milan Friday was formally charged inm court for allegedly being
involved in the 1986 Bofors howitzer payoff scam, one of the major corruption scandals in India.
The following is a chronology of events since 1986 in which then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and others were accused of receiving kickbacks from the
Swedish gun manufacturer Bofors:
March 24, 1986: A $15 billion contract between the Indian government and Swedish arms company AB Bofors is signed for the supply of over 400 155mm
Howitzer field guns.
April 16, 1987: Swedish Radio claims Bofors paid kickbacks to top Indian politicians and key defence officials to secure the deal. The claim was
denied by Rajiv Gandhi.
Aug 6, 1987: A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) is set up to probe the allegations. It submits its report two years later.
Nov 1989: With the opposition BJP making the Bofors kickbacks a poll issue, Rajiv Gandhi's Congress party is voted out of power in the general
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
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