The latest WikiLeaks revelations claim that ex- PM Rajiv Gandhi may have been a middleman for the Swedish company Saab-Scania, which was trying to sell Viggen fighter aircraft to India in the 1970s. Eventually, the deal could not be finalized and it went to British SEPECAT Jaguar. Rajiv was thought to be a valuable negotiator due to his family connections, say the WikiLeaks cables.
Retd. Air Marshal OP Mehra's son-in-law was the negotiator for the competing Mirage. "Our colleague (OP Mehra's son-in-law) praises Rajiv and rates his technical expertise very highly. We would have thought a transport pilot not to be the best expert in evaluating a fighter plane, but then we are speaking of a transport pilot who has another more relevant qualification," the cable says.
The main opposition BJP has found fresh political ammunition to corner the Congress-led government and has slammed it over the fresh WikiLeaks allegations involving the ex-PM.