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   The Bofors affair continues to grip the interest of the nationa... (August 31, 1990)

The Bofors affair continues to grip the interest of the nationa. In houses across the country families are discussing it. For instance, in our own house, after dinner last night, we were sitting in the drawing-room and discussing the latest twists and turns in Bofors.

The wife was saying: "There has been some confusion, now it appears that it was Arun Singh who had negotiated with Bofors on July 11, 1985, and not Arun Nehru. Pritish Nandy heard it wrong."

An uncle on the wife's side, who has been staying with us for more thana week now, said: "They are both involved, Arun Singh and Arun Nehru, and I understand even Arjun Singh has met Carl Aberg but not Axel Edelstam. There are wheels within wheels within wheels."

"Yes," I said.

My elder son, Darryl, said: "Vinod Pande and Bhure Lal are on to the Svenska account, which could be the fourth or the fifth Swiss bank account, now foreclosed. The next big disclosure will come through here, either through the revenue department or Chitra Subramaniam in Geneva."

My neighbour, who has dropped in, said: "I thought Chitra Subramaniam was now with Ajitabh Bachchan and had ditched N. Ram, who is now writing columns on the Mandal Commission report."

"Wheels within wheels within wheels," the uncle from the wife's side, said.

"Yes," I said.

My younger son, Derek, said: "The letter rogatory to the Swiss government is being redrafted by Ram Jethmalani for investigation into six accounts, plus a seventh account, that has come to light under the code name Lotus."

Darryl said: "If I remember correctly, code name Lotus in the third account. Arun Shourie had found that out during the days he was investigating Bofors and not V.P. Singh."

The neighbour said: "The excitement is unbearable, and the climax is approaching. The government has promised to put before the parliament the complete investigation and solution of the Bofors affair at its next session."

The wife said: "I hope the case is never solved. Because then we will have nothing to discuss."

 
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