An official of the government is understood to have met Mr. Per Ove Morberg, the President of Bofors, on his arrival in New Delhi yesterday and delivered a message to him: "Reveal the names of those whom you have given commission to, but don't give out their identities."
"Ja," said Mr. Morberg, "but that may be difficult. If you do not want the identities to be know, I cannot give you the names."
"We have had enough of this," the official said. "The whole country is clamouring for the names and the government is being suspected of not wanting the names to be revealed. So, we are telling you now, let us have the names, all the names, but don't tell us who these people are."
"Ja, but I am afraid I do not know what you are asking for," Mr. Morberg said. "It is not possible to give the names and not tell who the people are. Either we tell you everthing or nothing."
"Our government does not wish to know everything, you can keep your business confidences, that is perfectly understandable," the official said. "But our government must have the names."
"Your government desires to have all the names?" Mr. Morberg asked.
"Yes most certainly, so long as no name is attached to any person" the official said. "What the government wants from Bofors is the names of the people involved, all the names, naturally. But let us not have their identities, you can go back to Sweden with them."
"Ja, it must be my English that is bad, not yours, but I do not, how do you say… comprehend you," Mr. Morberg said. "You want me to give the names of our business associates in India, official and unofficial, and yet not give the names."
"I did not say not give the names. Please, do not misquote me, if the newspapers pick it up, it will be difficult for me," the official said. "What I said was give the names but do not give the identities. That is the desire of my government and I am speaking strictly on its behalf.
"But if I give the names, everybody will know the identities. In Sweden it is like that, all over the world it is like that," Mr. Morberg said. "Any country in the world, Singapore, Iran, if Bofors give the names of the people involved, they automatically know the people. Ja."
"Well, this is not any country, this is India," the official said. "For the last time, I am requesting you, give the names, but not the identities."
"That is impossible," Mr. Morberg said. "Under the circumstances, I am afraid I cannot give the names."
"That is impossible," Mr. Morberg said. "Under the circumstances, I am afraid, I cannot give the names."
"Very well, then. But remember, we asked for the names, you refused to give them. You can tell that to the press," the official said.