Ottavio Quattrocchi, Win Chadha and the Hinduja brothers are some of the names that have been floating around in the infamous Bofors scam of the 1980s. But they couldn't have acted alone. Some politicians must have been involved. Was it a union minister? Was it the PM? It’s one of India's greatest unsolved corruption mysteries.
R for Raja
Rs 1.76 lakh crore has already become an iconic figure. It’s totally mind boggling. Millions are starving for the want of a few Rupees and thousands are playing in Arabs and Kharabs (crores are so passe!). Andimuthu Raja's 2G scam may have single-handedly triggered the current anti-corruption movement.
S for Suresh Kalmadi
Can India host the Olympics? This question was answered negatively when Kalmadi's 2010 Commonwealth Games was plagued with charges of gross financial irregularities. Kalmadi is also lodged in Tihar Jail along with a lot of other politicians.
S is also for Sukh Ram (another Telecom Minister), whom the CBI recovered Rs 3.6 crores in cash from his residence in 1996.
T for TTK
The first big financial scam of Independent India was the Mundhra scandal. Industrialist Haridas Mundhra got the LIC to invest in his troubled companies. Feroze Gandhi thundered in parliament. Jawaharlal Nehru listened. Ultimately Finance Minister TT Krishnamachari (of the famous TTK Group) had to resign, the first big head to roll in a scam.
U for Umakant Yadav
So just who is Umakant Yadav, a chargesheeted MP? He is just one of the 150 odd chargesheeted MPs in India. Add hundreds more for all the legislative assemblies and you get a unique country where so many "charged" people can govern us.
V for VK Krishna Menon
In 1948, VK Krishna Menon was the High Commissioner to England. He signed a deal for Rs 80 lakh for the purchase of jeeps (a huge amount in those days). Proper procedure wasn't followed, an inquiry happened, a judicial probe was scuttled and the case was closed. Menon became Defence Minister and still had to resign over the 1962 China war debacle.
Image: Former telecom minister A Raja during a CBI raid at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010.