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Christian Michel has pressure to name a particular family, ED has no credibility left: Congress on AgustaWestland case

Addressing A Press Conference, Congress Leader RPN Singh Asked Why Is The Chowkidaar Trying To Pressurize The Government Agencies To Name A Family? BJP Script Writers Are Working Overtime.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 29 Dec 2018, 08:44:15 PM
Christian Michel has pressure to name a particular family: Congress (Photo Source: ANI)

New Delhi:

Barely moments after the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday informed Delhi's Patiala House Court about 'middleman' Christian Michel's statement on "Mrs Gandhi" and "the son of the Italian lady" in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper scam case, the Congress countered the charges, saying that there is pressure on Michel to name a particular family. 

Addressing a press conference, Congress leader RPN Singh said, "why is the chowkidaar trying to pressurise the government agencies to name a family? BJP script writers are working overtime".

"As per law, the first thing a person gets is a lawyer... But they don't allow him to meet the lawyer, so you know what kind of a case is going on. We have seen what the BJP is doing here. The person who has done the biggest chori cannot be spared," Singh added.

Read | AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel takes names of Mrs Gandhi, 'son of Italian lady': ED to court

Reacting strong to the latest development in Patiala House court on Saturday, Congress leader and former union cabinet minister Anand Sharma said, "I have never heard anything more absurd than what I have heard today and that too coming from ED as claimed before a court. The Modi government is guilty of a malicious and vicious propaganda".

"There’s brazen and shameless abuse of agencies of the state; CBI has been wrecked, ED has no credibility left. These are actions of a government in its dying days. Agencies should act according to law. There's no prosecution taking place. There's no evidence being produced," Sharma added.

Read | 'Big man - R', 'son of Italian lady': Know what AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel told ED in 5 points

However, the ED is yet to ascertain that in what reference Michel took the name of "Mrs Gandhi" and "the son of the Italian lady". The probe agency will further confront Michel to decipher who the "big man" referred to as "R" and how he was going to become the “next prime minister of the country”.

Following this major breakthrough in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper scam case, the court has sent Michel to seven-day ED remand. The hearing in AgustaWestland case is currently underway.

Michel was brought to India following his extradition by the UAE early in early December and kept at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi under heavy security overnight. The subsequent day he was produced in Delhi's Patiala House Court where lawyer Aljo K Joseph who is representing Michel moved a bail plea.

The AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper case pertains to the Indian government’s deal to purchase 12 AW101 helicopters from AgustaWestland. The deal was signed by the then Congress-led UPA government in February 2010. The choppers were supposed to ferry VVIPs, including the President of India and the Prime Minister.

Read | Congress rattled after Christian Michel’s extradition, sent ‘team’ to save him: BJP

However, controversies surrounded the deal after reports that Finmeccanica paid a huge amount of money to several officials and politicians to win the VVIP choppers deal with the Indian Air Force.

It was alleged that the some of the technical specifications were changed to help AgustaWestland bag the deal. According to a CBI claim, the deal had cost the taxpayers a loss of approximately Rs 3,666 crore.

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First Published : 29 Dec 2018, 03:59:54 PM