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July 29, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Maruti panel report

The commission, chaired by Justice A C Gupta, was set up to probe allegations against former Defence Minister Bansi Lal.

By: Editorial |
Updated: July 29, 2021 12:01:52 am
This is the front page of The Indian Express published on July 29, 1981.

The Union government has decided to reject the Maruti panel report. The Cabinet has also decided to not take any action against the officers who testified before the commission. The commission, chaired by Justice A C Gupta, was set up to probe allegations against former Defence Minister Bansi Lal. The inquiry was set up by the Janata government. The leaders of the present government had described the setting up of the committee as an act of vendetta. The government also decided to postpone a decision on the follow-up to the Vaidyalingam Committee Report. The report made a prima facie case against Kanti Desai, son of former Prime Minister Morarji Desai, Padma Desai, Kanti Desai’s wife and Gayatri Devi, wife for former PM Charan Singh.

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