Date: 30 Apr 2011


Corruption Suspect Sonia Morphs into a Crusader \\\\\\\\ By S GURUMURTHY \\\\\\\\ 30 Apr 2011 11:08:00 PM IST \\\ “All across India, people are saying enough is enough. And suddenly the unthinkable is starting to happen. People considered above reproach, or at least untouchable, are coming under the judicial crosshairs. And the latest high-profile target is one of the biggest fish of all, Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, currently No. 9 on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People.” Who says so? Dr Subramanian Swamy? Me? No. It is Cleo Paskal writing in the online news website Huffington Post on the corruption charges against Sonia Gandhi. Paskal’s article titled “World’s No. 9 Most Powerful Person Now Accused of Corruption—Will She Fall?” appeared in Huffington Post on April 25, 2011. \ \\\\\\\\\\\ An award-winning journalist, Paskal writes for Sunday Times, Telegraph and the Economist. Her books have won multiple awards. An Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, the US Department of State, those consulting her include US Department of Energy, US Army War College, UK Ministry of Defence, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Defence Academy, EU, NATO, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the heads of many major corporations, and intelligence professionals from over 30 countries. Associated with Manipal University and School of Communication and Management Kochi, she is familiar with India. She blogs in Huffington Post, the world’s third most popular news website that commands over 38 million visitors viewing half-a-billion pages every month. Founded in 2005, it became instant success. In February this year, AOL acquired it for $315 million (`1,450 crore). In 2008, the Observer, London, rated Huffington Post, the winner of several awards, as the worlds’ best blog. Now back to Paskal on Sonia. \\\\\\\\\\\ Acknowledging that Sonia’s “image is of a dutiful, submissive Indian wife, now widow”, Paskal notices the “growing, persistent murmurs about questionable business deals and inexplicable exponential jumps in the personal wealth of her and her family”. Paskal recalls “the ground-breaking articles” that M D Nalapat, a senior journalist, had written about Sonia in 1995 in “the Times of India”. Paskal says that Nalapat’s comment that her “public docility was just a ploy” and “she had serious political ambitions”, was “later confirmed by her role in the Congress”. Paskal also emphasises Nalapat’s view that “her desire for power wasn’t simply altruistic and that the wealth not only of her, but of her Italian relatives, rose stratospherically after Rajiv Gandhi became prime minister in 1984”. Paskal points out that while his articles were undisputed, Nalapat was forced out of journalism in 1998 when, as he had predicted, Sonia took over the Congress. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Then Paskal cites the “public questions from another highly reputed source, Sten Lindstrom, Sweden’s special prosecutor”, who investigated the Bofors pay-off scam. Paskal points out Lindstrom’s interview in 1998 in which he had said that “the Gandhis, particularly now Sonia, should explain how Quattrocchi-owned companies got such fat sums as payoffs from the Bofors deal. After all, what is the connection of Sonia and the Gandhi family to Quattrocchi? Who introduced Quattrocchi and his AE Services to Bofors? At least one thing is certainly known now. A part of the payoffs definitely went to Quattrocchi. (...); the papers all pointed to the Gandhi family.” Paskal points out, “Not only have the questions not been answered by Sonia, but in spite of substantial evidence against him, Quattrocchi has managed to evade prosecution in India, and has even had his kickback funds unfrozen from overseas accounts.” \\\\\\\\ “But the most serious threat to Sonia,” warns Paskal, “is now lying on the desk of the prime minister of India.” That is Dr Subramanian Swamy’s written request to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for sanction to prosecute Sonia for corruption. Paskal says: “In a meticulously researched 200-plus page submission, Dr Swamy alleges Sonia Gandhi has been involved in corruption in India since 1972 and personally benefited from the Bofors scam (1986), has held billions in non-Indian bank accounts since at least 1991, illegally profited from the Iraqi oil-for-food deals (2002), and even accessed KGB payoffs during the Cold War.” Obviously Paskal has read the complaint thoroughly. \\\\\\\\\\\\ Adding that the prime minister has three months’ time to grant or reject the request, she says, “If he doesn’t, Dr Swamy can take the case directly to the Supreme Court, which, under Chief Justice Kapadia, is showing a definite proclivity towards facilitating corruption cases.” “Given the growing importance of India in our heavily globalised world,” Paskal concludes, the permission sought to prosecute Sonia “is not just an Indian story; this is one all should be following very closely indeed.” In Paskal’s view, the bribery charges against Sonia will have global reach. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ Now shift to the Indian scene. With most mainline media blacking out the truth, the people are unaware of much of what Paskal says about Sonia’s suspected corruption. On the contrary, they see a saint in her. Result: Sonia, who Paskal suspects as corrupt, nonchalantly proclaims ‘Zero Tolerance’ to corruption. And the mainstream media, sidestepping questions over her integrity, celebrates her resolve. More. Sonia laments that Indians have “become greedy”, their “moral universe has shrunk”, and the media eulogises her candidness. Further. Declaring support to Anna Hazare, who staked his life for anti-corruption law, she earns Anna’s gratitude and media glory. But she forthwith lets the Sibals, Digvijays and Tiwaris to set upon Bhushans, Anna’s men, and also shockingly disapproves of them. Yet the media does not ask her how her minions could defy her. Finally, the mainstream media has blacked out Dr Swamy’s “meticulous” complaint against Sonia. A reader’s gratitude to Paskal for “shedding light on an issue that is taboo in Indian mainstream media” tells the true story. QED: Sonia, a suspect, is now morphed into a crusader. \\\\\\\\\\ The writer is co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch \\\\\\\\\\\\ Massive Corruption Scams Rock The Land Of The Mahatma Saturday, April 30, 2011, Gamini Weerakoon, Sunday Leader, Colombo \\\\\\\\\\\\\ India, while emerging as a global power with its economy spurting ahead is also being severely rocked by corruption scandals. Yet there is still hope. Law and order still remains intact unlike in many South Asian nations. \\\\\\\\\ Last week the Chief Organiser of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation and is to be charged with corruption relating to contracts in the purchase of equipment for the games. \\\\\\\\\\ Earlier two other officials of the Olympic Committee were arrested over the Commonwealth Games scam and are to be charged. The Indian government spent over US$ 6 billion dollars for the New Delhi games — much above the original estimates. \\\\\\\\\\ Another scam under investigation is the diversion of houses meant for war widows to civil servants. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ The biggest of all scams\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ On Thursday last week , Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha (Upper House) member and daughter of the legendary M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister was charged under Sections 7 and 11 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. These sections deal with acceptance of alleged gratification. Kanimozhi is being charged along with four others in what has been described as ‘by far the biggest Indian scam’ — the 2G Telecommunications Scam on licensing of Spectrum 2G (Second Generation) Services in 2008. \\\\\\\\\\ This scam is reported to have cost the Indian government US$ 40 billion. The Minister of Telecommunications who was also a member of the DMK at that time, Andimuttu Raja, was asked to resign and is now under arrest and has been charged with cheating, forgery, abuse of his official position. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The Dravida Munnetran Khazagam (DMK) a partner of the United People’s Alliance (UPA) government of Sonia Gandhi being connected to the scandal is causing much embarrassment to the Indian Congress Party which does not have a comfortable majority in the Indian Lower House (Lok Sabha) but there is no threat of the DMK pulling out because its leader Karunanidhi needs the Congress more than the Congress needs him. A few months ago the Congress threatened to pull out of the alliance over share of seats in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly in the parliamentary elections that were concluded recently (results have not been declared as yet) but that issue was settled in favour of the Congress. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Strongman’s daughter \\\\\\\\ Karunanidhi’s daughter being charged and even his aged wife Dayaluammal being named (in a supplementary charge sheet) is a blow against the image of Tamil Nadu’s strong man and godfather but he has stomached it all, probably because he has no other alternative. On Thursday he defended his daughter saying that this was a political conspiracy against the DMK and media hype. His daughter had been dragged in to mire the name of this party. He vowed that the DMK would stage a legal fight back. \\\\\\\\ The Telecom minister\\\\\\\\ The scandal has its roots in the Minister of Telecommunications Andimuttu Raja deciding on the sale of telecommunications licenses on a first-come-first-served basis which benefited a few selected bidders whereas the auctions mechanism, it has been pointed out, would have enabled licensing to be done with transparency and more equity. Earlier there had been reports in the Indian media about the alleged scam but it did not make much of an impact but reports of the Government Comptroller and Auditor General pointing out that the Minister’s exercise has yielded only Rs. 12, 645 crores (US$ 2.8 billion) whereas according to his estimates using several benchmarks its peak valuation would have been Rs. 176, 645 crores (US$ 40 billion) blew the lid off the scandal. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The scandal even enmeshed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh whose financial rectitude is considered to be impeccable. The Supreme Court has asked him for an explanation for the 11 month delay by him over a petition by Subramaniam Swamy, President of the Janata Party, seeking permission to sue Raja, the minister concerned. This resulted in the Opposition BJP seizing the opportunity to hurl mud at the Prime Minister and Congress, demanding an inquiry while paralysing the last sessions of parliament in its entirety. \\\\\\\ Fallout\\\\\\\\\\\\ The fallout of the 2G scam was felt once again in parliament last week when the Public Accounts Committee report of parliament was taken up. Congress and DMK charged that the committee chairman, a respected and senior politician, M.M. Joshi, had shown mala fide and mischievous intentions by giving completely false information on witnesses that had deposed before the committee. The report was rejected on Thursday with Congress and DMK along with members of two other parties voting against it. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Rs. 30.9 crore conspiracy\\\\\\\\\ The CBI in its first charge sheet said that that the former Telecommunications Minister Raja conspired with top bureaucrats including an IAS officer and corporate ‘honchos’ to cause a loss of Rs. 30,984 crore to the government in allocation of 2G Spectrum licences. Eight others and three telecommunication companies were named. It was alleged that they entered into a conspiracy for manipulating the procedure for allocation of spectrum licences with the aim of favouring specific companies like Swan Telecom and Unitech. \\\\\\\\\\\ The charge sheet said that money from some of these companies had travelled ‘circuitously’ to Kalainagar TV in which Kanimozhi had shares amounting to 20 per cent while Karunanidhi’s wife had 60 per cent and Shared Kumar, the managing director had 20 per cent. \\\\\\\\\ Scams and Gandhi \\\\\\\ The 2G Scam is by itself grim irony in this land which still reveres the sage Mahatma Gandhi, the frail old man who led an entire sub continent to independence after being a colony of the mightiest empire at that time. Honesty and simplicity and ahimsa were some of the virtues he propounded and they stand in stark contrast today in the stench of the 2G scandal. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ Corruption was there in Gandhi’s time too but that was on a minor scale, the corruption of the poor. Corruption was attributed to the poverty that prevailed at that time. Today the cause for corruption is affluence. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Yearning for Gandhian times\\\\\\\\\ Indians appear to be having a yearning for Gandhian simplicity. The demand made by a 71-year-old activist, Anna Hazare for the appointment of a Lok Pal — an institute to investigate and prosecute corrupt public officials ­— was conceded to by the government of Manmohan Singh within three days of launching a ‘fast unto death.’ The demand for the creation of such an independent body had been made way back in the sixties but been successfully stalled by the bureaucracy and politicians on nine occasions. This time too here had been objections to inclusion of ‘outsiders’ in a body overseeing the conduct of officials and politicians — people who were not a part of government. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ Harare’s response to this has been that bureaucrats and politicians are servants of the ‘outsiders’ and not vice versa rang bells throughout the continent and branches of an organisation India Against Corruption (IAC) sprang up throughout the sub-continent. Some Indian commentators have said that the government’s unusual response to a citizens’ organisation such as Harare’s was the fear of its rapid spread. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Still hope\\\\\\\\\ Despite prevalent widespread corruption there is hope for India. Law and order prevails still, unlike in many South Asian countries. Its basic governing infrastructures still remain intact. The Indian police despite the severe influence and intimidation by political parties are still functional. A police force can move against the interests of the ruling party as seen in the mother of all scams — the 2G scam. The Supreme Court still retains its independence and is not subservient to the ruling party and the media is vibrant, independent and powerful — not a lickspittle of the powers that be. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Successes in exposing the 2G Scandal and the Lok Pal taking off were possible mainly because of the fearless, independent media. The Indian media could play a significant role pulling this country out of the mire corrupt politicians and crooks have dragged it into. \\\\\\\\\\ April 15,2011 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ PRESS RELEASE \\\\\\\\\\ Dr.Subramanian Swamy, Janata Party President and former Union Cabinet Minister for Law &Justice, today submitted a Petition of 206 pages, seeking from the Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh the required Sanction to prosecute Ms.Sonia Gandhi under Sections 11 & 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Sanction is required under Section 19 of the Act because she is Chairperson of the National Advisory Council with Cabinet rank. \\\\\\\\\\\ In his Petition to the PM, Dr.Swamy has made out a prima facie case on documentary circumstantial evidence that Ms.Gandhi abetted Italian businessman and close family friend Ottavio Quattrocchi to obtain an illegal commission in the Bofors Gun Purchase deal, and then influenced the government of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao to enable Mr. Quattrocchi to escape from the country in July 1993. Thereafter she directed the Union Law Minister in 2005 to enable Mr. Quattrocchi to get his London accounts de-frozen and decamp scot free with over $ 200 million [about Rs 1000 crores]. \\\\\\\\\\\\ Dr.Swamy has also made out a prima facie case that Mr. Gandhi has illegally held in Swiss bank accounts illegal monies of about Rs. 10,000 crores received as a legatee in 1991 following Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ He also produced an admission on record of the spokesperson of the Russian government that KGB had provided funds to Ms. Gandhi and her family, as also evidence that she had received commissions on Indo-Soviet trade, which were illegal under Indian law. \\\\\\\\\\\ In his Petition, Dr.Swamy has also catalogued a list of offences prima facie committed by Ms.Sonia Gandhi since 1974 which shows that she is an habitual offender who deserves to be prosecuted and punished. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ For Janata Party (Pran Nath Mago) PA to Dr.Swamy -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15, April 2011 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Dr.Manmohan Singh Prime Minister as Sanctioning Authority u/s 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (1988) [PCA] South Block, New Delhi. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Re: Sanction to prosecute Ms.Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson (in Cabinet Rank), NAC, under Prevention of Corruption Act (1988). \\\\\\\\\\\\\ Dear Sir: \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 1. Ms.Sonia Gandhi MP, wife of the deceased Rajiv Gandhi, was first appointed as Chairperson National Advisory Council [NAC] in May 2004. She resigned in 2006 but was re-appointed by an Order of the Cabinet Secretariat dated March 29, 2010, read with Order dated October 8, 2010 [Annexure 1]. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 2. As per Order of May 31, 2004 [Annexure 2] the Prime Minister’s Office will provide Central Government funds to meet the expenditure of the NAC, and service the NAC for its secretarial needs. Hence she is a public servant as defined in Section 2 ( c ) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (1988). \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 3. You, in your capacity as deemed appointing authority are therefore the Designated Authority under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act for granting Sanction to prosecute the said Ms. Sonia Gandhi. As you know, there are no laches or statute of limitations for prosecuting offences of corruption. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 4. Your Sanction is required by me for prosecuting Ms. Sonia Gandhi on a private complaint proposed to be filed by me in the criminal court under Prevention of Corruption Act (1988), based on the materials available to me (and enclosed with this letter/application) with reference to two issues: \\\\\\\\ FIRST ISSUE: \\\\\\\\\\ 5. Ms.Sonia Gandhi holds office which enables her to give direction to Government departments and Ministries and also call for confidential reports from CBI, and according to the then Union Law Minister, she can even call for files [Annexure 3]. She has been as Chairperson of NAC giving directions to several ministries and departments. \\\\\\\\\\\ 6. It is charged that she obtained for, and colluded with family friend, Mr. Ottavio Quattrocchi—an Interpol Red-Corner Noticee & a proclaimed offender under Indian criminal law, to obtain for him the pecuniary advantage from defreezing of his CBI-frozen account, thus committing offence u/s 13 (1)(d) of the PCA, and also conspired with Quattrocchi to enable him to escape prosecution in Bofors Gun Purchase scam. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 7. Bofors scam that occurred in 1986 represents corruption in very high places and the key figure in the scam is Mr. Ottavio Quattrocchi, the Italian family friend and fixer. The then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi was manipulated by Ms.SoniaGandhi, his Italian born wife, to abet the crime in Bofors gun purchase committed by Quattrocchi against the nation. \\\\\\\\\\\\ 8. Ms.Sonia Gandhi stationed Mr.Walter Vinci, her brother-in-law, in Sweden to influence her husband and then Prime Minister, when on a visit to Sweden to finalize the Bofors Deal. Also present in the same hotel was the Italian fixer, small arms supplier, and Snam Progetti agent, Mr. Ottavio Quattrocchi, [who was hailed as the catalyst in the deal by the CBI in their Letters Rogatory documents], and who had in return for a hefty commission prevailed on the Prime Minister to sign the deal before March 31, 1986. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 9. Thereafter when the arm of the law began reaching near him, he escaped from India in 1993, then from Malaysia in 2002 via a rigged court judgment obtained by collusion with as yet unnamed parties and from Argentina— by the CBI fudging the records – all achieved under the influence exerted by Ms. Sonia Gandhi under three different and consenting Prime Ministers. \\\\\\\\\\\ 10. This is further confirmed in the interview conducted by Ranjit Bhushan of Outlook magazine [Annexure 4 ] in 1998 with Mr.Sten Lindstorm, the Chief of the Investigation Division of Swedish National Bureau of Investigation and Special Prosecutor of the Swedish Government into the Bofors payoffs. The Swedish National Audit Bureau which he assisted concluded after an independent probe that bribes had indeed been paid in the Bofors deal. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 11. Lindstorm states in the interview, which has not been contradicted by anyone including Ms. Sonia Gandhi, that: “The Bofors Papers all point to the [Sonia] Gandhifamily” and further that Ms.Sonia Gandhi should “explain how Quattrocchi-owned companies got such fat sums as payoffs from the Bofors deal.” \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 12. This report is corroborated by another interview given by Lindstorm to Chitra Subramanian [Indian Express, March 22, 1998] wherein he stated; “All information we had at that time pointed to the Gandhi link—Sonia Gandhi should place her cards on the table. The bribes have been traced to her friend and this is not something out of the blue. This is no coincidence.” \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 13. Headlines Today is in possession of the written statement of then Intelligence Bureau officer Naresh Chandra Gosain made before CBI Inspector Ghanshyam Rai on March 29 1997. Between 1984 and 1987, Gosain was posted in the Special Protection Group[SPG] of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was part of the escort team. Between 1987 and 1989, Gosain served as the Personal Security Officer or the PSO ofSonia Gandhi. \\\\\\\\\\\\ 14. During the tenure of Prime Minister Deve Gowda in 1997, Gosain deposed before the CBI. This deposition has so far never been made public. Headlines Today dug out this deposition, in which Gosain talks at length about the close family ties between the Gandhis and the Quattrocchis. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 15. In his testimony Gosain says, "Mr.Ottavio Quattrocchi and his wife Ms Maria Quattrocchi were very close to Mr Rajiv Gandhi and Mrs Sonia Gandhi. When Shri RajivGandhi became Prime Minister, Mr. Quattrocchi and his family members used to visit PM house and the family members of Shri Rajiv Gandhi also used to visit the house of Mr.Quattrocchi." \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 16. He adds: “In the initial period of Prime Ministership of Shri Rajiv Gandhi, the children of Shri Rajiv Gandhi used to stay at Mr.Quattrocchi's house during the foreign visits/domestic visits of the Prime Minister. We used to perform our shift duties at the residence of Mr.Quattrocchi on such occasions. Sometimes, Mrs Sonia Gandhi has also stayed in the house of Mr.Quattrocchi and at that time we used to perform our duties there." \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Gosain goes on to add that Mr.Quattrocchi and his wife Maria enjoyed free access to the Prime Minister's house. “At No. 5 & 7 Race Course Road, private cars were not allowed to enter inside the bungalow. Only the ferry cars of SPG, after severe security checks, used to carry such visitors from reception to porch and back. Mr. Quattrocchi and Mrs Maria Quattrocchi were very close to Shri Rajiv Gandhi's family and they got free access to the PM's House.” \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ He further added: "All visitors to No 5 & 7 Race Course Road were issued passes at the reception near the alighting point. Every time, a card was kept ready for Mr. Quattrocchi and his family members as and when they visited the PM's house. Everybody in SPG posted at PM house knew Mr Quattrocchi and his family members. Hence, there was no question of identifying them." \\\\\\\\\\\\ 17. Ottavio Quattrocchi's proximity to the Gandhis is well known. What is also known is this proximity continued even after Quattrocchi began to be linked to the Bofors scandal.What documents show is that despite the cloud of suspicion surrounding Quattrocchi's involvment in the Bofors paybacks, he continued to have unfettered access to 10 Janpath, the residence officially assigned to Ms.Sonia Gandhi, which in itself makes her a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 18. It is important to recollect that by January 25, 1990, a team of CBI officials was already in Switzerland with a list of suspected recipients of the Bofors payback. According to a Frontline magazine story of the time, Ottavio Quattrocchi was the first name on that list. Between 1988 and 1990, the media too carried many stories about the involvement of Quattrocchi as a middleman in the Bofors deal. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 19. It is clear from records that Mr.Quattrocchi was the direct beneficiary of bribe payments in the Bofors scam. It is now confirmed by the ITAT Report of the Hon’ble Tolani & Sharma Bench [Annexure 5 ]. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ The testimony of Mr. Sasi Dharan is crucial in further unravelling the proximity of Quattrocchi to Ms. Sonia Gandhi.. Sasi Dharan worked as a driver in Snam Progetti. Snam Progetti was an Italian public sector giant that was represented in India by Ottavio Quattrocchi. Sasi was Quattrocchi's personal driver. He drove Mercedes No.DIA 6253. In his testimony before the CBI, Sasi details the frequent meetings between the Gandhis with the Quattrocchis. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 20. In his testimony Sasi says: "Shri Quattrocchi and Mrs Maria Quattrocchi were very close to Shri Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and his family. I do not know what type of relation they had but Quattrocchi and his wife Maria used to frequently visit the house of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. I knew it since 1985 when I joined service. At that time they used to visit the house of Rajiv Gandhi twice or thrice in a day. Whenever SoniaGandhi's mother or father visited India, I used to drive them to the house of Quattrocchi. They used to remain there for the whole day and Mrs Maria Quattrocchi would take them for shopping. They used to come to India four or five times in the year." \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 21. What is clinching is the car log maintained by driver Sasi Dharan. In this log, Sasi details the exact dates when Ottavio Quattrocchi came to meet Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi at 5 and 7 Race Course Road or 10 Janpath. These logs are for the period 1989 to 1993. In this log book, Sasi Dharan has mentioned 41 occasions when Quattrocchi came to meet the Gandhis. \\\\\\\\\\\\ 22. It is important to note that the meetings between Ottavio Quattrochi and Sonia Gandhicontinued even after the death of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 even as Ms.Sonia Gandhiremained as a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act. \\\\\\\\\ 23. According to Sasi Dharan, Quattrocchi came to 10 Janpath 21 times after May 1991. Considering the long financial dealings of Mr.Quattrocchi since 1976 with LTTE (the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi), this fact is a subject of a future application for sanction as well. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 24. Sasi concludes by saying: "Shri Quattrocchi left India on the night of July 29, 1993 and on this day also I had driven him to the airport. At that time he did not have any luggage except one briefcase and he told me he was going for an urgent meeting. Usually, whenever Mr. Quattrocchi wanted the car, he would tell me in advance, but the day he left, he did not tell me (in advance)". Obviously he had notice of his impending arrest by CBI in advance. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 25. As a consequence of the misuse of her office and position, Ms. Sonia Gandhihelped Ottavio Quattrocchi not only escape from the country, and in 2005 even to withdraw $ 29 million from his de-frozen accounts and thus let off scot free. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 26. Hence, it is prima facie obvious that Ms.Sonia Gandhi had misused her office [ she was Life President in the Government funded Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts Trust(IGNCA Trust) during 1991-2002] and thus a public servant with considerable influence in government to enable Mr. Quattrocchi to escape from India in 1993 and later in 2005 to benefit Mr.Quattrocchi to illegally gain monetarily at the expense of the Consolidated Fund of India, by defreezing his London accounts. SECOND ISSUE:, \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 27. This complaint against Sonia Gandhi also includes the corrupt monies held under her control in the tax haven of Switzerland as a legatee of the corrupt money which was banked in the name of her late husband or deposited by her of funds obtained from the erstwhile KGB, the Soviet Union’s Intelligence Agency, or by sale of illegally exported antiques in the country. I retain the right to submit details of other illegal accounts in other havens such as Macao at a later stage in another application to you or before the court. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 28. It is well-reported that Sonia Gandhi is the beneficiary of Rajiv Gandhi's estate which includes the corrupt monies continued even now to be held in a tax havens. Why this money is held abroad (even if held as a trust to benefit family members) instead of its being held in India within the Indian financial system to benefit the nation is a question which Ms.Sonia Gandhi must answer. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 29. Violations of FEMA have occurred as also under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. In case any transaction on this account which is not reported in the Income Tax Returns, and FCRA is also a violation. There may also be an issue of obtaining RBI prior permission for holding such large sums abroad if it is claimed to be a legitimate account. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 30. It is clear that this wealth was not reported in Election Affidavits of SoniaGandhi & Rahul Gandhi as a beneficiary of the monies so held [Annexure 6]. The total wealth of both Gandhis, as per their election returns, is just Rs 363 lakh, Sonia owns no car. " \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 31. When Schweizer Illustrierte a prestigious German language Swiss magazine alleged that Rajiv Gandhi held an illegal account in Swiss banks of about US $ 2 billion, neither she nor her son, protested, or sued the magazine, then or later [Annexure 7]. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 32. When major papers, The Hindu and The Times of India included, had carried in the year 1992 the official confirmation of KGB payments to the Rajiv Gandhi family, adding that the Russian government owned the payments in the disclosures, neither of the two Gandhis challenged or sued them [Annexure 8]. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 33. Nor did they sue Dr. Yevgenia Albats, a member of the official Commission on KGB Operations set up by President Yeltsin, when she wrote about KGB payments to RajivGandhi and family in her book: The State within State [Annexure 9] \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 34. More than $ 2 billion in 1991 was being held by Ms. Sonia Gandhi as a legatee, or otherwise obtained by receiving stolen movable and immovable properties, monies and securities, kept illegally in tax haven banks of Switzerland and elsewhere, and which is disproportionate to her known sources of income. She thus has also committed offence u/s 13(1)(e) of PCA. It also attracts the IPC Sections for receiving stolen property. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 35. The recent deposition of Hasan Ali, alleged to have siphoned money of the nation to Switzerland secret accounts admits to his close association not only with her but with Mr.Ahmed Patel MP and political adviser to Ms.Sonia Gandhi[Annexure 10 ]. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 36. Ms. Sonia Gandhi is also obviously culpable under Indian criminal law such as FCRA for the pay offs in the Iraqi Oil-for-Food scam of 2002. The United Nations had set up an independent inquiry committee under Dr. F. Volcker which found that the “Congress Party” headed by Ms. Sonia Gandhi as a beneficiary of a free oil quota from the now deposed and deceased dictator Saddam Hussein, which the beneficiary sold at market price through Marc Rich, the notorious swindler who had been convicted by a US Court for 350 years and several million dollars as fine. He was pardoned by US President Clinton in 2000 on Israeli Prime Minister’s intervention. He lives in Switzerland. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 37. No one in Congress Party but Ms. Sonia Gandhi as party President could have been this beneficiary. The other beneficiary listed in Volcker’s Report was by name: Natwar Singh, who got much less [Annexure 11]. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 38. I reserve the right to further petition you to enlarge the scope of this sanction at a future date to include other violations and offences committed by Ms.SoniaGandhi under Prevention of Corruption Act (1988), for which I will file with you a separate application if necessary.. \\\\\\\\\\\ 39. But, in this application alone there is substantive prima facie evidence for an appropriate court to take cognizance of the offence committed by Ms.Sonia Gandhiunder the Prevention of Corruption Act, and thus I seek your sanction to initiate the criminal law to prosecute her under the Act \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 40. Ms. Sonia Gandhi is habitually committing acts of corruption since 1972. On November 19, 1974, I brought it to the attention of the Rajya Sabha that Ms. SoniaGandhi, then an Italian citizen had functioned as a benami insurance agent of public sector insurance companies, and giving her address as 1, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi which was then the official residence of the Prime Minister of India. She thus committed an offence under FERA. The then Prime Minister Mrs.Indira Gandhisubsequently informed the Rajya Sabha that following my disclosure, Ms. SoniaGandhi had resigned from this agency earning commissions. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 41. Between January 25, 1973 and January 21, 1975 she held a post of Managing Director of Maruti Technical Services on a salary despite it being an offence under FERA. But then she had become Managing Director of Maruti Heavy Vehicles Pvt Ltd with an even bigger remuneration. For neither post she had the necessary qualifications having never passed even High School.The Justice A.C. Gupta Commission appointed in 1977 by the Janata Party Government found her guilty of multiple offences under FERA and IPC. \\\\\\\\\\\\\ 42. In 1980 and January 1983 Ms. Sonia Gandhi then still an Italian citizen enrolled herself as a voter in the New Delhi constituency despite having been struck off the list in 1982 upon the ERO receiving a complaint from a citizen. She thus committed an offence under Section 31 of the Representation of the People’s Act read with Form 4 of the Registration of Electors Rules(1960). \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 43. Ms.Sonia Gandhi’s Indian citizenship acquired in record speed in April 1983 is vitiated by her incomplete answers to mandatory questions in the citizenship forms. She did not submit documents from the Italian government of relinquishing her Italian citizenship required for Indian citizenship, stating in the Form that it was ‘not applicable” [Annexure 12]. Italian Embassy in New Delhi simply affirmed what she told them and hence that cannot be taken as a valid document of relinquishment for the purposes of citizenship. She also retrieved her Italian passport in 1992 after citizenship laws in Italy were amended which under Section 10 of the Citizenship Act (1955) means cancellation of her Indian citizenship. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 44. All these facts stated above were put together and published in USA in a full page advertisement in the New York Times in 2008 by NRIs N. Kataria and others.The Congress Party unit in USA thereafter engaged the most expensive law firm and filed a $200 million defamation suit. However Ms.Sonia Gandhi refused to appear in the witness box and be cross examination. 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