Days after Republic TV carried out a World Exclusive, in a massive impact the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is ready to support the appeal for reopening the Bofors case when the matter is heard at the Supreme Court.
On July 23, Republic TV broke a world exclusive about one of the biggest scams in the history of Independent India, which the media exposed but has never been solved — the Bofors scandal.
Sten Lindstrom, now 71, who has never appeared on a TV interview to an Indian channel, is the chief investigator who knows all about the case. In an interview with Chitra Subramaniam, and subsequently, in an interview with Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, Sten makes some extraordinary revelations.
It was alleged that the Swedish company paid ₹640 million in kickbacks to top Indian politicians and key defence officials. Meanwhile, journalist Chitra Subramaniam (now, the editorial advisor of Republic TV) secured over 350 documents that detailed the payoffs. Her investigation into the deal is widely believed to have contributed to the electoral defeat of Rajiv Gandhi in 1989.
When the Congress-led UPA’s term was in power, the CBI had noted that the then government was of the view that there was no case for an appeal. The appellant is BJP member and advocate Ajay Aggarwal who has asked for an early hearing of the special leave petition which was pending since September 2005.