GUPTA: How much commission do we pay to each person? The
complete equipment bill is 12 to 15 per cent. But 50 per cent
they take back.
R.K. GUPTA: With Russians that is the practice. They
take back 50 per cent.
TEHELKA: Take back?
R.K. GUPTA: They have Swiss accounts or other accounts,
wherever…they channelise and all.
TEHELKA: The Russian accounts, everything, is in dollars
or Indian currency?
R.K. GUPTA: In dollars.
R.K. GUPTA: For our expenses, they were opening LCs
R.K. GUPTA: They will import something from here to
their country at a little higher price so that our margin
course, R. K. Gupta wasn't the only middleman in the Sukhoi
deal. A mysterious gentleman by the name of Sudeep Chaudhary
the main broker in the Rs. 36,000 crore fighter aircraft
deal. More of
him later. Our next stop will be Mohinder Singh Sahni,
of Belize and resident of Vasant Vihar. Pant takes us
In the beginning Pant
talks about the deals Sahni has done.
PANT: …six crores that was…924 crore. That was the
biggest deal he made.
TEHELKA: 924 crore that was the Czechoslovakian deal.
PANT: Czechoslovakian deal. Skoda.
MOHINDER PAL SAHNI: Pipeline and other things.
TEHELKA: Pipeline…it is a defence deal?
PANT: No, pipeline. Petroleum and Natural Gas and all…
TEHELKA: That is what that Oman, that Oman, that pipeline
PANT: Gandhidham, he used to go. GAIL, Gas Authority
Of India. He used to go to Gandhidham, Gujarat, Jaipur and
all those places.
TEHELKA: He is going to be, paid for also in that dealing.
PANT: 924, 26 crore only was there.
TEHELKA: This man was the mediator?
PANT: Haan, he is the man basically, who got
PANT: That's how he got the money for his farmhouses
and all this everything. Twenty crore was paid.
TEHELKA: Twenty-four crore.
In a subsequent meeting with Sahni when West End was lobbying
him to become their middleman, he sets up an internal
meeting of West End's products, comparing them with the
of their competitors. Sahni himself has more than a dozen
ranked army officers on his consultancy rolls.
LT.COL. BERRY: Whatever he is saying is right that
way and things are workable.
MOHINDER PAL SAHNI: If we put a political pressure…
LT.COL. BERRY: Exactly, exactly. We'll talk about these
things tomorrow. First you talk.
MOHINDER PAL SAHNI: That talks will be done, that is
our internal matter. Your technical advice is that this product
can beat others.