Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered amnesty and freedom of two Italian marines in exchange for evidence against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her family in connection with the 2013 Agusta Westland VVIP chopper scam.The 54-year-old Christian Michel, British arms agent has made the allegations in a letter to the International Tribunal of the Law of the Seas in Hamburg and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague where Italy and India are battling legally over murder charges against the marines.
In a letter to the international courts, Michel has claimed Modi made the offer at a secret “brush-by” meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during the UN General Assembly in September 2015 in New York, as per report in national daily.
“At this meeting, the issue of the two marines was discussed,” Michel wrote through his lawyers in his letter dated December 23, 2015. “The Indian PM proposed to the Italian PM that in return for any evidence that the key adviser to Finmeccanica/ AgustaWestland (this is a reference to myself) had any relationship to any member of the Gandhi family, the honourable PM would assist in solving the case against the two Italian marines.”
“The charges are too ridiculous to comment on,” foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told The Telegraph which shared Michel’s letter with the government for its response.
Even the Italian Prime Minister’s office had not responded.
Neither India nor Italy has ever officially acknowledged such a “brush-by” meeting between Modi and Renzi in New York.Brush-by meeting are unplanned interactions
Indian ministry of external affairs did not deny Michel’s claim of a brief meeting between the two leaders as so many world leaders were there so a brief conversation was always possible.
The two Prime Ministers are known to have spoken at least once on the telephone, on August 11, 2014, when Renzi dialled Modi asking for a “rapid, positive decision” on the marines, according to the Italian Prime Minister’s office