25 November, 2020

The Bachchan Lead

Investigators believe that Ajitabh could throw light on the deal

The Bachchan Lead

WITH the Bofors investigations in full swing, the role of the Bachchan brothers—Amitabh and Ajitabh—has once again become a matter of intense speculation among CBI officials. Not even the fact that the duo actually managed to get a certificate from Bofors to the effect that they were not recipients of kickbacks has deterred some officials from saying that at least one of the two brothers, Ajitabh, could throw light on the deal.

But caution remains the key word among investigators. The Bachchan brothers had in fact won an apology from Swedish daily Dagyens Nyeter for alleging that the sixth account, into which the Bofors kickbacks were funnelled from the other five accounts, was actually held by Ajitabh. The matter, however, could turn out to be a lot more complicated than they had initially thought.

The bank papers which have come from Switzerland indicate the presence of some close friends of the then ruling party who held shares in AE Services, now proved to be the conduit for the money received by Gandhi family friend...



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