‘He met Sonia 21 times after Rajiv’s Death’

published on January 22, 2011

“Mr Ottavio Quattrocchi and his wife Maria Quattrocchi were very close to Mr Rajiv Gandhi and Mrs Sonia Gandhi. When Shri Rajiv Gandhi became prime minister, Mr Quattrocchi and his family members used to visit the Prime Minister House and the family members of Shri Rajiv Gandhi also used to visit the house of Mr Quattrocchi.”

“In the initial period of prime ministership of Shri Rajiv Gandhi, his children used to stay at Mr Quattrocchi’s house during the foreign visits and domestic visits of the prime minister. We used to perform our shift duties at the residence of Mr Quattrocchi on such occasions. Sometimes, Mrs Sonia Gandhi has also stayed in the house of Mr Quattrocchi and at that time we used to perform our duties there.”

“At No. 5 and 7 Race Course Road, private cars were not allowed to enter the bungalow. Only the security checked ferry-cars of the Special Protection Group (SPG) used to carry such visitors from the reception to the porch and back. Mr Quattrocchi and Maria Quattrocchi were very close to Shri Rajiv Gandhi’s family and they got free access to the PM house. All visitors to No. 5 and 7 Race Course Road were issued passes at the reception near the alighting point. Every time, a card was kept ready for Mr Quattrocchi and his family members for their visits to the PM’s house. Everybody in the SPG posted at the PM’s house knew Mr Quattrocchi and his family members. Hence, there was no question of not identifying them.”

These sensational revelations, dug out by INDIA TODAY, are part of the court records in the infamous Bofors kickback case. These statements were recorded by the CBI in 1997 and have been gathering dust since then. As part of its investigations, the CBI had recorded evidence from an SPG official and several drivers, including Sasi Dharan who was working at Snamprogetti, where Quattrocchi worked as a general manager.

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