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Top 15 worst political scandals of independent India

New Delhi, Apr 22: India has witnessed a number of political scandals in recent times but a closer look at the history of Independent India reveals that scams and political scandals have been part and

Raj Singh [ Updated: August 18, 2014 7:23 IST ]

1. Jeep Scandal (1948):

It was the first political scandal of independent India. V K Krishna Menon, the then high commissioner to UK, placed orders for procurement of 155 jeeps worth Rs. 80 lakh from a foreign firm allegedly without following normal protocol. These jeeps were to be used in troubled regions of Hyderabad and Kashmir.

The army received only 155 jeeps although most of the money was paid upfront. It was alleged that the then Prime Minister forced the govt to accept these jeeps.

Govind Ballabh Pant, the then Home Minister, announced on September 30, 1955 that the Jeep scandal case was closed for judicial inquiry ignoring suggestion by the Inquiry Committee led by Ananthsayanam Ayyangar. Pant said that if the opposition was not satisfied they can make it an election issue.

Soon after this scam, Krishna Menon was inducted into the Nehru cabinet as minister without portfolio. Later on, he was made defense minister and Menon was blamed for 1962 defeat.  

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