Rajiv Gandhi was ‘middleman’ for Swedish company: Wikileaks

Updated: April 08, 2013 13:04 IST

An explosive set of Wikileaks cables alleging Rajiv Gandhi was a middleman in the 1970s for a Swedish company that was looking to sell fighter jets to the Indian Air Force, has reeled another political storm for a Government that is already in the thick of things as far as controversies go. One of the cables, sent by the US embassy in New Delhi in October 1975, records in telegraphic language that: “Swedish Emboff has informed us that main Indian negotiator with Swedes on Viggen at New Delhi end has been Mrs Gandhi’s oler (sic) son, Rajiv Gandhi. Latter’s only association with aircraft industry (to our knowledge) has been as pilot for Indian Airlines and this is first time we have heard his name as entrepreneur.”

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