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Pranab stirs ROw, says Bofors was Media Trial Not Scandal

New Delhi, May 26: President Pranab Mukherjee has raised a controversy telling a Swedish newspaper that Bofors was not a scandal but a media trial. President will be visiting Sweden in few days.

Talking to a Swedish daily, President said, "First of all - it is yet to be to be established that there was a scandal. No Indian court has established it. I was the defence minister of the country long after Bofors, and all my generals certified that this is one of the best guns we are having. Till today, Indian army is using it. The so-called scandal which you talk of, yes, in the media, it was there. There was a media trial. But I'm afraid, let us not be too much carried away by publicity".

In 1986, Rajiv Gandhi government came under Bofors scandal, which was a $285 million contract between the Indian government and Swedish arms company Bofors.

The accusations were made by Swedish Radio alleging that Bofors bribed top Indian politicians and key defence officials to seal the deal.

-NNIS

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