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    Default The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty Dirt and Scandals


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    Indira Nehru and Feroze Gandhi during their wedding, 1942. Seen as tough and authoritarian Indira gave the family the Gandhi name by marrying Feroze Gandhi, a firebrand leftwing MP. Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her guards after her government ordered a raid on the Sikh religion's holiest temple.


    Pandit Nehru in Delhi with his grandson Rajiv Gandhi, 1947. Jawaharlal Nehru became the first prime minister of independent India in 1947. He never wanted a dynasty to prevail in a democracy and he never lived to see his daughter Indira become the first woman to lead the country in 1966


    Indira Gandhi stands with her two sons, Rajiv and Sanjay, in the garden of their Delhi home, 1967. Indira had groomed her son Sanjay to take over but he died in a plane crash in 1980. Instead airline pilot Rajiv Gandhi became PM in 1984. He was blown up by suspected Tamil Tigers in 1991.

    Indira Gandhi


    Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi, 1989


    Rajiv Gandhi and his wife Sonia campaign in the Indian city of Amethi, 1984


    Sonia Gandhi, her daughter Priyanka. and son Rahul during the funeral of Rajiv


    Chair of the Congress party Sonia Gandhi waves to cheering supporters in New Delhi, 2004. Rajiv's widow, Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, finally agreed to enter politics and save the Congress party in the 90s. She confounded critics to win the 2004 elections. Her son Rahul was elected to the lower house in 2004. Her daughter Priyanka is a formidable campaigner.


    Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of India's Congress party president Sonia Gandhi


    Rahul Gandhi visits the Jagdishpur area of his constituency, 2004

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    Dr. Swamy on Rahul Gandhi's education & citizenship


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    The Bofors scandal was a major corruption scandal in India in the 1980s; the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and several others were accused of receiving kickbacks from Bofors AB for winning a bid to supply India's 155 mm field howitzer. The scale of the corruption was far worse than any that India had seen before, and directly led to the defeat of Gandhi's ruling Indian National Congress party in the November 1989 general elections.

    The scandal was worth Rs 640 million (Rs. 64 crore).

    The case came to light during Vishwanath Pratap Singh's tenure as defence minister, and was revealed through investigative journalism by Chitra Subramaniam and N. Ram of the newspapers the Indian Express and The Hindu.

    The name of the middleman associated with the scandal was Ottavio Quattrocchi, an Italian businessman who represented the petrochemicals firm Snamprogetti. Quattrocchi was close to the family of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and emerged as a powerful broker in the '80s between big business and the Indian government.

    Even while the case was being investigated, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991 for an unrelated cause.

    In 1997, the Swiss banks released some 500 documents after years of legal wrangling and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a case against Quattrocchi, Win Chadha, also naming Rajiv Gandhi, the defence secretary S. K. Bhatnagar and a number of others. Several attempts to extradite Quattrocchi failed.

    Meanwhile February 5, 2004 the Delhi High Court quashed the charges of bribery against Rajiv Gandhi and others, but the case is still being tried on charges of cheating, causing wrongful loss to the Government, etc. Win Chadha also died.

    On May 31, 2005, the High court of Delhi dismissed the Bofors case allegations against the British business brothers, Shrichand, Gopichand and Prakash Hinduja.

    In December 2005, the Mr B. Datta, the additional solicitor general of India, acting on behalf of the Indian Government and the CBI, requested the British Government that two British bank accounts of Ottavio Quattrocchi be de-frozen on the grounds of insufficient evidence to link these accounts to the Bofors payoff. The two accounts, containing € 3 million and $1 million, had been frozen in 2003 by a high court order by request of the Indian government (when the (now) opposition party BJP was in power). The accounts were de-frozen on January 11, 2006. He left India for Malaysia during the tenure of P V Narasimharao as the premier of India. India fought a long battle in the Malaysian courts to extradiate him in vain. On January 16, the Indian Supreme Court directed the Indian government to ensure that Ottavio Quattrocchi did not withdraw money from the two bank accounts in London. The CBI (Central Bureau Of Investigation), the Indian Federal law enforcement agency, on January 23, 2006 admitted that roughly Rs 21 crore, about USD $4.6 million, in the two accounts have already been withdrawn. The British Government released the funds based on a request by the Indian Government. At the time a Congress-led alliance was in power, and Sonia Gandhi, as President of the Congress Party, faced considerable criticism for this sudden volte face by the Indian government.

    However, on January 16, 2006, CBI claimed in an affidavit filed before the Supreme court that they were still pursuing extradition orders for Ottavio Quattrocchi. The Interpol, at the request of the CBI, has a long standing red corner notice to arrest Quattrocchi.

    Quattrocchi was detained in Argentina on 6 February 2007, but the news of his detention was released by the CBI only on 23 February, stoking claims that it may have been suppressed by the ruling Congress government because of state elections.

    February 26: Quattrocchi has been released by Argentinian police. However, his passport has been impounded and he is not allowed to leave the country.

    There is no extradition treaty between India and Argentina. Government of India lost this extradition case and decided not to appeal against the decision in the Argentinian Surpreme Court.

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    Ottavio Quattrocchi is an Italian businessman who is being sought in India for criminal charges for acting as a conduit for bribes in the Bofors scandal.

    Quattrocchi's role in this scandal, and his proximity to Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi through his Italian wife Sonia Gandhi (Antonia Maino), is thought to have contributed to the defeat of the Congress Party in the 1989 elections. Ten years later (1999), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named Quattrocchi in a chargesheet as the conduit for the Bofors bribe. The case against him was strengthened in June 2003, when Interpol revealed two bank accounts, 5A5151516M and 5A5151516L, held by Quattrocchi and his wife Maria with the BSI AG bank, London, containing Euros 3 million and $1 million, a "curiously large savings for a salaried executive". In January 2006, these frozen bank accounts were unexpectedly released by India's law ministry, apparently without the consent of the CBI which had asked for them to be frozen.

    On 6 February 2007, Ottavio Quattrocchi was detained in Argentina on the basis of the Interpol warrant. The Indian investigating agency CBI came under attack for putting up a half-hearted effort towards his extradition and India lost the case for his extradition in June 2007, the judge remarking that "India did not even present proper legal documents". Embarrassingly, India was asked to pay Ottavio's legal expenses.

    Ottavio's financier son, Massimo Quattrocchi, grew up with Sonia Gandhi's children Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, who are currently rising through the political hierarchy in India. Massimo currently advises the Luxembourg-based firm Clubinvest on business opportunities in India. He visits India frequently, and runs an office in Bangalore. He was present in India at the time of his father's Argentina arrest in February 2007, and there is speculation that he may have met Priyanka Vadra around that time.

    Quattrocchi influence with Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi

    Quattrocchi, born in Mascali, province of Catania, Sicily, arrived in India in the mid 60's as the representative of Italian oil and gas firm Eni and its engineering arm Snamprogetti. His family became close to the Gandhi family based on their connection with Rajiv Gandhi's Italian wife Sonia Gandhi, now the president of the ruling Indian National Congress party. The Special judge Prem Kumar observed in his order of November 14, 2002:
    “ Around 1974, Quattrocchi was introduced to Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi by an Italian named Mr. Molinari. Then Mrs. and Mr. Quattrocchi started visiting Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Children of both sides were frequent visitors to each other. At that time Rajiv Gandhi was a pilot in Indian Airlines; Italian food and other gifts were also being exchanged between them. Quattrocchi thus became very close to Rajiv Gandhi and his wife. ”

    Their children grew up together, and based on this friendship, Quattrocchi had become so influential at the office of the Prime Minister "that bureaucrats used to stand up when Quattrocchi visited them." Ashok Malik notes in The Pioneer:
    “ From roughly 1980 to 1987 - Indira Gandhi's final years and Rajiv Gandhi's honeymoon years - Quattrocchi had the Midas touch. No deal was refused to him. "It was understood," remembers a Congressman from the original Mrs G's days, "that a fertiliser contract meant Snamprogetti. That was considered the favour to Sonia and Rajiv." ”

    That his influence extended to ministers was noted by VP Singh, who initially pursued the Bofors scandal, and whose testimony is summarized in a court judgement:
    “ V.P. Singh, Finance Minister in the Rajiv Gandhi Cabinet, has stated that Quattrocchi had sought appointment with him on a number of occasions but he did not give him any appointment. Rajiv Gandhi then asked him to meet Mr. Quattrocchi ... The link between the public servants, politicians and Quattrocchi looms large in these deals. The award of Jagdishpur Fertilizer Plant to Quattrocchi, changing earlier decision for SPIC, is a clear case. ”

    He won about 60 projects for Snamprogetti, including:

    * 1981: the five Alibag (Thal Vaishet) plants from RCF, four Kribhco plants in Hazira, as well as the ONGC gas pipeline in Hazira.
    * 1983: National Fertilisers Limited's (NFL's) plant in Una and two plants in Guna.
    * 1984: IFFCO's three plants in Aonla.
    * 1987: Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited's two plants in Kakinada.

    In the process, it also became known that for contracts with India, Quattrocchi was the man to approach.

    When orders did not go through, as in the Hazira-Bijapur-Jagdishpur (HBJ) pipeline (1985), where Spie Capag of France had "bid a few hundred crores lower." Vengeance was swift. Nawal Kishore Sharma lost his job as petroleum minister and was reduced to Congress general secretary. PK Kaul found his term as cabinet secretary ending prematurely and was sent to Washington, DC, as ambassador. The petroleum secretary, AS Gill, never made it to contention for cabinet secretary. The chairman of the Gas Authority of India, HS Cheema, was removed.

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    1991 the well-known Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte listed 14 former rulers of Third World countries who had stashed away money there. Rajiv figured among them. His assets were 2.5 billion Dollars.



    This was brought to light by the Harvard Russian scholar Yvgenia Albats in her book The State Within A State: The KGB and Its Hold on Russia. The Swiss newsmagazine Schweizer Illustrierte (November 11, 1991) provided more details. Citing newly—opened KGB records, it reported that Sonia Gandhi, widow of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was controlling a secret account worth 2.5 billion Swiss francs (about 2 billion dollars at current exchange rates) in a Swiss bank in her minor son's name. This was reported also by the Indian columnist A.G. Noorani in 1998.

    In addition to assets in foreign banks worth in the billions of dollars, Sonia Gandhi controls at least as much within India, in the form of trusts, funds and foundations in the names of Nehru and Gandhi. Soon after Rajiv's assassination, a sympathetic nation voted her a billion rupees (about 22 million dollars at today's exchange rate) to set up a foundation in her husband's memory. All this gives her the power to dispense political favors and patronage on a vast scale.





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    lovely thread. Thank you a lot

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    Default Latest News 6/4-09

    Sonia declares Rs 1.38cr assets; owns no car or house
    6 Apr 2009, 1450 hrs IST, PTI

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi has assets worth around Rs 1.38 crore but has no car or house in her name in the country.
    The Congress leader owns an ancestral house in Italy, which has an estimated market value of Rs 18.05 lakh.

    The UPA chairperson has Rs 75,000 in cash and deposit of over Rs 28.61 lakh in UCO bank, according to the affidavit filed by her before the district electoral officer.

    She also has investments of Rs 20 lakh in mutual funds and holds RBI bonds worth Rs 12 lakhs besides 10 shares of Maruti technical services private limited and 500 shares of Western India Tanneries Limited.

    Gandhi has invested Rs 1.99 lakh in National Saving Scheme and has a deposit of Rs 24.88 lakh in personal provident fund (PPF).

    The Congress president has jewellery worth Rs 11.08 lakh besides 88 kg of silver ware worth Rs 18.37 lakh.

    Gandhi owns agricultural land worth Rs 2.19 lakhs in Sultanpur and Deramandi villages.

    The Rae Bareli MP paid Rs 5.58 lakh as income tax in the 2008-09 besides paying a wealth tax of Rs 32,512.

    Gandhi does not have any bank loan or any other liabilities against her, according to the affidavit.

    Her son Rahul Gandhi has assets worth around Rs 2.25 crore including two farm houses and shops in Delhi.

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    TOI Readers Opinions:

    Prakman,Mumbai,says:Yeah right! And the world is square. Probably, 1.38 cr in India and 138 cr in Swiss and Italian banks
    [6 Apr, 2009 1626hrs IST]

    Senthil,Chennai,says:Great joke of this century :-P what about the assets overseas????????????
    [6 Apr, 2009 1622hrs IST]

    indian,indian,says:AND UN-ACCOUNTED SWISS BANK ACCOUNT.
    [6 Apr, 2009 1620hrs IST]

    PRAVIN,MUMBAI,says:HOW MUCH IN SWISS BANK ?????????
    [6 Apr, 2009 1618hrs IST]

    Hiten Pandya,Dubai,says:Mockery of Income Tax Act and Democracy!!!
    [6 Apr, 2009 1614hrs IST]

    Praveen,Chennai,says:Poor Ms. Sonia. If thats the true assets she owns, I really appreciate this, when we compare with Mayawathi or Jayalalitha.
    [6 Apr, 2009 1613hrs IST]

    Suhas,Chennai,says:EC is right in asking assets of the candidates. But r we asking source of the income and incometax returns for last 5 years. If public can know source of the income also, it is better. Also most of NETA's are staying and / or overstaying in government bungalows and paying rent. Not only EC should ask for the expenditure pattern of these NETAs but also verify source of income also.
    [6 Apr, 2009 1613hrs IST]

    Hiten Pandya,Dubai,says:Mockery of Income Tax Act and Democracy!!!
    [6 Apr, 2009 1613hrs IST]

    DR Rana,New Delhi,says:Where the money from sale of Indira / Rajeev Gandhi farm house has gone. Has it gone to build hotel in Italy or to Swiss Bank. After sale of this farm house, why she does not acquire any house, just because she wanted to burden the public exchequer for this purpose.
    [6 Apr, 2009 1606hrs IST]

    Qaari,Mumbai,says:Unbelievable! With only this much money, how can she run her house if she has to pay all from her purse?
    [6 Apr, 2009 1605hrs IST]

    anand,Dubai,says:Will anyone believe this kind of hogwash. Even a guy in employment for about 20 years would have amassed more than 1.38 crores. Oh,Ok. I understand that overseas bank accounts don't come into this picture. Sorry.
    [6 Apr, 2009 1605hrs IST]

    GJ,Bangalore,says:Yeah, Right!!
    [6 Apr, 2009 1601hrs IST]

    raghavendra rao ,france,says:its been a long time since i heard a very good joke like this
    [6 Apr, 2009 1551hrs IST]

    reader,hyderbad,says:Who is gonna believe that? All the politicians are the same.
    [6 Apr, 2009 1547hrs IST]

    Ramani,Chennai,says:Interesting...
    [6 Apr, 2009 1547hrs IST]

    Ramani,Chennai,says:Interesting...
    [6 Apr, 2009 1546hrs IST]

    naresh,guadeloupe,says:April 1st is long gone, isn't that a joke, TOI.
    [6 Apr, 2009 1543hrs IST]

    devji,UK,says:Has the TOI reporter checked the bank account balances (held outside India) of these MPs and their family members ? Just to be accurate with the conclusion, well then this news article should be updated to include all the accounts and properties held inside and outside india.
    [6 Apr, 2009 1542hrs IST]

    Bharat,Dubai,saysoes anyone really believe this? What a farce and a joke on the nation. I can believe the bit about not owning a car or a house in India as she and her family live off India thanks to the palatial bunglows, security, aircrafts, drivers, cars, and what not is paid for my the Indian Taxpayer. Has she ever had to pay for a train/air ticket from her own pocket even when she was visiting Amethi? Lets not make a joke of this process of declaring assets by our MPs. Shame!
    [6 Apr, 2009 1542hrs IST]

    SP,Chennai,says:I think its high time all politicians draw a line on the wealth they need. Rahul and Sonia truly are showing this as an example. We would all agree that at their positions, anyone corrupt would have been worth 100 times more. All politicians should declare their wealth. And those who have more than they need, should give away the same to poverty alleviation programs. We the citizens should follow. India has a great future only if out growth is more equitable. We all deserve better. Corrupt and selfish politicians should be thrown out of the political system in this election.
    ____________________________________

    Around $ 1500 Billion stashed away in Swiss banks by Indians.

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