Bofors scam: Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi dies

Bangalore, July 13, 2013, Agencies:

Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi died of a cardiac arrest in Milan on Friday night. 

The 72-year-old had been chargesheeted for acting as a conduit for bribes in the purchase of Howitzer guns from Swedish company Bofors AE. 

Quattrocchi's close relationship with former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his wife Sonia Gandhi became a source of controversy. The Bofors scandal was instrumental in the defeat of the Congress Party in the 1989 elections.

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