Nitin Gadkari And Swedish Scania Luxury Bus Controversy

A company related to the family of Indian union minister Nitin Gadkari was provided with a luxury bus by the Swedish manufacturer Scania that was reportedly used in his daughter’s wedding celebrations.

Nitin Gadkari And Swedish Scania Luxury Bus Controversy

A bus maker from Sweden paid bribed in India including to a Minister whose name is not disclosed yet to get the contract of buses in the period of 2013 to 2016, Reuters reported from Stockholm, stating a probe by three media outlets, that included Swedish news channel SVT.

Few media reports in India said that the company having relation with the family of Nitin Gadkari, leader of BJP and Union Surface Transport and Highway minister, was offered a luxury bus that was reportedly used in his daughter’s wedding in 2016.

Scania is a Swedish company which is a truck and bus making unit under Volkswagen AG’s commercial vehicle arm Traton SE.

The office of the minister said that the minister was a forerunner in introducing the company’s bus fueled by ethanol in Nagpur as a part of his campaign to bring in green public transport in India and it was a commercial arrangement purely between the company and the civic body of Nagpur. The minister’s office also added that the minister and his family had nothing to do with it. 

The probe started by the company in 2017 showed serious flaws by employees, that included the top management also as told by the spokesperson of Scania to Reuters. The misconduct included reported bribery, bribery through the business partners and misrepresentation, Reuters stated the spokesperson as saying. 

The spokesperson of the company said that the company had since stopped selling city buses in the Indian market and the manufacturing unit in India had been shut down.

The spokesperson said that its probe of the event had not involved the police as the evidence were not that strong enough to conduct the prosecution.

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