Neeraj Pandey read an interesting story in the newspaper once which has made its way into his upcoming film. Now in Special 26, Pandey will be recreating the 80s incident revolving around a fake CBI official looting the rich.
However that's not all, Pandey's Special 26 will also feature the case of Sukh Ram, a former union communication minister in Indian National Congress Government. He was accused of causing a loss of Rs. 1.6 crore to the exchequer by favouring a Hyderabad- based private firm in the purchase of telecom equipment. He, along with two others, was convicted in 2002.
In 1995, when the reported manipulation of bids by Sukh Ram to facilitate private firms at the cost of millions of rupees to the government blew into the open, it came to be termed as the 'mother of all scandals'. A raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that revealed Rs. 36.6 million rupees stashed in Sukh Ram's official residence On August 16, CBI sleuths descended on Sukh Ram's official residence at 12, Safdarjung Lane, Delhi. In Delhi, detectives discovered high-denomination currency notes to the tune of Rs 2.45 crore. Much of the money was packed into suitcases and stashed away in the puja room, sharing space with bottles of scotch. Sukh Ram's daughter, who was at home, could offer no coherent explanation.
Special 26 which is the tale of a fake CBI gang headed by Anupam Kher and Akshay Kumar is slated for release on Feb 8.