S. K. Bhatnagar

S. K. Bhatnagar (June 1, 1930[2] – August 4, 2001[3]) was a former defence secretary of India. He was a key figure of those accused in the Bofors scandal.

Sharad Kumar Bhatnagar
to  Bahrain
In office
January 1983 – July 6, 1984
Preceded byM.P.M. Menon
Succeeded byes:Prem Singh
Defence Secretary
In office
July 6, 1984 – May 31, 1988
Preceded bySM Ghosh
Succeeded byT. N. Seshan [1]
List of Governors of Sikkim
In office
February 1989 – Jan. 31, 1990
Preceded byT. V. Rajeswar
Succeeded byRadhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani
to  Finland
In office
Preceded byPrithvi Raj Sood
Succeeded byAladiyan Manickam

He was one of the persons to have been questioned first by the CBI after registering the First Information Report (FIR) in the Bofors pay- off case in January 1990. He was accused of abusing his official authority as the then Defence Secretary to tilt the scales in favour of the Swedish firm for the Rs. 1437-crore contract to supply 155 mm howitzer guns to the Indian Army. The contract with the Government was signed on March 24, 1986, when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India.

He was later made governor of Sikkim.

He died in 2001 at the age of 71.

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  1. ^ Defence Secretary
  2. ^ Productivity News, 1983, p. 107
  3. ^ "Former defence secretary S K Bhatnagar dead - Times of India". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2022.