1. Prince Bernhard was the consort of the Dutch queen. Kakuei Tanaka was Prime Minister of Japan. They were implicated in a multi-country bribery scandal involving which American corporation in the 1970s?
2. Sanjeev Chawla owned a garments and cheap fashion accessories store called Toro located on London’s Oxford Street. What did an investigation into him lead to?
3. Kickbacks from foreign companies go back a long way in Indian history. What was the incident of the Red Treaty and the White Treaty?
4. In 1980, the Thal Vaishet fertiliser facility was being set up in India. The government awarded the contract to Snamprogetti, which had not been shortlisted because it didn’t meet tender norms. K.V. Ramananthan, the chemicals and fertilisers secretary, protested and was bypassed for the cabinet secretary’s job, falling victim to Ottavio Quattrocchi. Which politician became Ramananthan’s son-in-law?
5. Why was Arvind Kejriwal’s hometown in the news in 2011?
6. Which American vice-president resigned after criminal charges of bribery and tax evasion?
7. When he left India following the IPL scandal, there were reports that Lalit Modi would take up the citizenship of another country, since his wife was a friend of the wife of that country’s president. Which country is it?
8. It is an expansive country manor in Normandy, France, and known as the “House of the White Queen”. Why is it infamous?
9. What was the 1997 Paul Greengrass film The Fix based on?
10. In 1957, industrialist Haridas Mundhra got the government-owned LIC to invest `1.24 crore in the shares of six troubled companies belonging to him. LIC lost most of the money. Who raised this scandal in Parliament, causing embarrassment to the Jawaharlal Nehru government?
11. Which sportsman returned to competition at a World Cup after a two-year ban for match-fixing and ended the tournament by winning the best player award?
12. How is Mark Felt better known in history?
13. In Biblical lore, Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Who betrayed whom for 1,100 pieces of silver?
14. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She was once arrested for beating up her first husband. Two prime ministers attended her second wedding. Her employer saw her as an adopted daughter. Who is she?
15. In showbiz, what sort of underhand tactic is referred to as “papering the house”?
16. He once lived in Chicago, where he worked in the family restaurant. He returned home when his brother became president. He was accused of enriching himself by running a drug-smuggling empire. In 2011, he was assassinated. Who are we talking about?
17. Malik Jiwan was a tribal chieftain in Balochistan. Whom did he betray?
18. He is a former chairman of Nasdaq and is scheduled to end his prison term on November 14, 2139, assuming good behaviour. Who is he?
19. In December 2010, FIFA awarded the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups to surprise-choice countries. In 2011, this led to bribery accusations and a corruption investigation. Which two countries had won the rights so controversially?
20. In 1960, the US Congress passed amendments to the Communications Act of 1934 after a furore about fixing in which particular activity on live television?
1. Lockheed Corporation, the military aircraft manufacturer.
2. Cricket’s match-fixing scandal in April 2000. Chawla’s phone was tapped in an extortion case and, quite by chance, the Delhi police heard him doing deals with Hansie Cronje.
3. When Robert Clive was negotiating with Mir Jafar before the Battle of Plassey, the go-between was a Calcutta-based Punjabi fixer named Omichund (Amir Chand). He asked for five per cent of Bengal’s treasury as his kickback. Clive agreed and drew up two treaties between Omichund and the East India Company, one with the five per cent clause and one without. Omichund was given one, and cheated with the other.
4. Jairam Ramesh, now Union minister for rural development.
5. Hissar, Haryana, was the location of a parliamentary by-election and India Against Corruption’s controversial campaign against the Congress candidate.
6. Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon’s vice-president.
8. Initially registered in the name of Asif Zardari’s parents, it is supposed to be part of the property Benazir Bhutto and her husband invested in using bribes received abroad while she was Prime Minister of Pakistan in
9. The British football betting scandal of 1964, in which eight footballers from top clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday, were jailed for betting against their own teams.
10. Feroze Gandhi.
11. Paolo Rossi of Italy, in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
12. As Deep Throat, the FBI official who was Washington Post’s secret source during the Watergate Scandal.
13. Delilah betrayed Samson to the Philistines.
14. Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, Rupert Murdoch’s key representative in the United Kingdom and a woman who lost her job due to the phone hacking scandal.
15. Giving away free tickets and packing the hall on the opening day of a play or film to make it appear a commercial success.
16. Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.
17. Dara Shikoh, leading to the Mughal prince’s killing by his brother Aurangzeb.
18. Bernard Madoff, pronounced guilty of running a Ponzi scheme and defrauding thousands of investors in the United States.
19. Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022).
20. Quiz shows, after the scandal involving the show Twenty One. The film The Quiz Show was based on this episode.