''No Indian court has given verdict on it, and no process of trial is going on and unless somebody, some authoritative institution describes it as a scandal and punishes, how could you say it is a scandal. You may have some doubts, you may have some suspicion, but that is not proof,'' President said  while giving an interview to a Sweddish daily 'Dagens Nyhetter'.

The President was replying to a question on the Bofors issues which created a country wide furore during 1987 when Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of the country.

Replying to a question whether the Bofors case was a media trial, Mukherjee, however said: “I do not know. I'm not describing it, you’re putting that word. Don’t put that word.”

Mukherjee was the Defence Minister long after the Bofors case was first reported in 1987.

''I was the Defence Minister of the country long after Bofors, and all my generals certified that this is one of the best guns we are having. Till today, Indian army is using it. The so-called scandal which you talk of, yes, in the media, it was there. There was a media trial. But I'm afraid, let us not be too much carried by publicity," Mr Mukherjee said.

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