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HDW submarine scam

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The case was registered by V P Singh government in March 1990.

Singh, who as defence minister in Rajiv Gandhi government ordered the investigation into the case after he received a telegraphic message from the then Indian ambassador in Germany about payment of seven per cent commission to some middlemen, had resigned from the government after sharp differences with Gandhi on the issue.

People involved


Armed forces

  • Vice-admiral Schunker, former vice chief of Naval staff
  • M Kondath, former Indian Navy captain


  • Gopi Chand Hinduja
  • Roger Enterprises Pvt Ltd, new Delhi-based firm


CBI started investigation into the payment of alleged kickbacks to middlemen and some foreign companies in the deal, signed by Rajiv Gandhi government in 1987, following filing of a public interest litigation (PIL). CBI had sought German and Swiss authorities assistance in probing the matter in their countries through letters rogatory as according to the agency's FIR, registered in March 1990, the commission and the bribe money was routed through Swiss banks including the Bank of Credit Swisse in Geneva.

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