Christian Michel is under pressure to name a particular family: Congress

RPN Singh, Congress

New Delhi, Dec 29: Reacting to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) claims, the Congress on Saturday said that Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, is under pressure to name a particular family.

Senior Congress leader RPN Singh told media that “there is pressure on Michel to name a particular family”.

“why is the chowkidaar trying to pressurize the govt agencies to name a family?”

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party, he stated the BJP script writers are working over time“, he added.

“The 2019 Lok Sabha elections are not far away… The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) devoid of any issue is shamelessly misusing and abusing central agencies to malign the Gandhi family,” Singh told the media.

He further stated “It is already known that Michel was being pressurised to do so even before he was extradited to India,” said Singh citing Michel advocate’s July 17 statement, saying the Modi government is forcing Michel to sign a false confessional statement naming Sonia Gandhi in return for complete exoneration.

Singh also targeted Prime Minister Modi over the Rafale deal which the Congress claims to be India’s “biggest defence scam”.

“The entire country knows what the chowkidar is. Instead of hiding behind the ED and the CBI, the Prime Minister should come out and face questions on the scam,” added Singh.

The ED told the Patiala House court that Christian Michel has taken the name of Congress’s Sonia Gandhi but in what reference can’t be said right now.

“Christian Michel has also spoken about the son of the Italian lady and how he is going to become the “next prime minister of the country”, the ED said.

During the hearing, the probe agency also stated that Michel has identified how the HAL was removed from the deal and the deal was offered to Tata instead and sought to ban Michel’s lawyer’s access to him alleging he is being tutored from outside.

Following the ED’s request, the Court restricted the time limit of lawyers to meet Michel to 15 minutes every morning and evening.

Meanwhile, Michel’s Counsel Aljo K Joseph told the court “We don’t dispute that he (Christian Michel) had handed us the papers, but it’s the fault of the ED that they allowed it to happen”.

“Michel Christian had query regarding something&how legal response needs to be given.He tried to give us something, we didn’t see what it was,It was immediately pointed out that he was slipping us a paper&paper was taken away”, he added.

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