WikiLeaks revelations from US Embassy cables have projected the assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as an arms agent,but this time it is not related to Bofors howitzer deal but to the sale of Swedish jets.
The sensational claim is being made by ‘The Hindu’ that exposes a link between Saab Scania and Rajiv Gandhi for its Viggen fighter that dates back to 1970s.
At that time Gandhi had no role in the government of his mother PM Indira Gandhi as he was working as a pilot for the Indian Airlines.
These revelations are purportedly part of the ‘Henry Kissinger era’ cables where Gandhi’s family links were reportedly crucial to swing the deal in favour of the Swedish company.
However,the sensational revelations were tempered by the cables themselves which said that there is no proof and that no independent confirmation could be ascertained.
It may be recalled that the deal eventually went to the British Jaguar for its vertical landing and take-off jet fighter.
Saab Scania eventually had withdrawn from the deal negotiations.