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Wednesday, 24 October, 2001, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
Bofors accused dies in India
Bofors gun
The guns were procured for the army in the 1980s
Indian businessmen Win Chaddha, one of the key defendants in the long-running Bofors arms scandal, has died of a heart attack.

Seventy-seven-year old Mr Chaddha died at his home in Delhi on Tuesday night, according to the Press Trust of India.

A non-resident businessman, Mr Chaddha was alleged to have taken bribes from the Swedish firm Bofors to clinch a multi-million dollar artillery contract for the Indian Army in 1986.

He worked at one time as an agent for the Swedish company in India.

Denied charges

Mr Chaddha, who denied the charges against him, was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirate last year to face trial.

Rajiv Gandhi
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi: Named in bribery case
He is the second person accused of involvement to have died while the investigation continues.

Former Defence Secretary SK Bhatnagar died earlier this year.

Others alleged to be involved in the affair include the billionaire Hinduja brothers, who had to go to India at the beginning of the year to face questioning.

Two of the three brothers have subsequently been allowed to return to the UK, where they are based.

The main political figure implicated in the scandal was former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991.

The affair was largely blamed for the defeat of his Congress party in 1989 elections.

See also:

09 Oct 00 | South Asia
Bofors charges against Hindujas
27 Apr 01 | South Asia
Hinduja appeal blocked again
25 Jan 01 | South Asia
Hinduja 'did not seek favours'
16 Mar 01 | South Asia
Scandal confirms worst fears
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