New Delhi, December 8: Dr. Subramanian Swamy has convincingly demanded CBI Director to disclose additional information relating to the offences committed by Gandhi family for years under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). Dr. Swamy has written this letter to CBI Director A. P. Singh (dated December 7, 2011) on behalf the Action Committee against Corruption in India (ACACI).
Dr. Swamy has referred an article published in Schweitzer Illustrate in its November 1991 issue, which is a highly respected and widely circulated magazine in German language, and published in Switzerland. The article has disclosed information about former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi that he had about $2 billion in secret bank accounts in Switzerland. Swamy has claimed that this is clearly disproportionate to his known sources of income as per his affidavit filed with his nomination papers upon becoming a candidate for Lok Sabha elections in 1991.
Swamy stresses that this attracts section 13(1) (d) of the PCA and although the information is two decades old, there is no time limitation for corruption cases under the PCA. Also even if Rajiv Gandhi is now deceased, his likely beneficiaries are his wife, Sonia, and two children, two of whom are public servants, alleges Swamy.
The second information referred in the letter is about Dr. Yevgenia Albats, a Russian scholar, holding a Harvard Ph.D, who was a member of the Inquiry Commission into KGB Activities which Commission was appointed by President Yeltsin of Russia. Albats has authored a book titled, “A State within a State: KGB in Soviet Union.” In that book, she has disclosed the File Numbers contain evidence of the KGB payments to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his family members.This disclosure was confirmed by the spokesperson of the FIS, the KGB’s successor spy agency (equivalent of our IB and RAW combined) in a Press Conference in 1992, and reported by The Hindu, Times of India, and UNI. In 2002, the then External Affairs Minister Mr. Jaswant Singh had taken this matter up with the Russians and was informed by the Russian authorities that the GOI may send a senior representative of the RAW to Moscow to obtain authenticated records of KGB payments to Rajiv Gandhi and family.
Dr. Swamy also refers an incident that current Congress heir Rahul Gandhi was detained in Boston’s Logan Airport by US law enforcement authorities sometime in September 2001. He was in possession of $160,000 in cash which he did not declare upon arrival. US Customs require all amounts above $10,000 in cash to be declared, and if not every $10,000 installment carries a 8 year imprisonment, if convicted. This means Rahul Gandhi was indictable for a prison term of 144 years.
In his deposition to the US authorities before returning to London Rahul Gandhi had declared that the money was his, and he had drawn it out of his secret account in Pictet Bank, head quartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Swamy has mentioned that while studying in Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, USA, Gandhi Jr paid his Tuition and other fees to the College from his secret accounts.
Through the letter Dr. Swamy has insisted the CBI Director to record this information as part of the FIR. He also expressed the ACACI willingness to assist the CBI in its investigation abroad.
The real question persists that, will the CBI act against Congress Party and the Gandhi family.