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Extended hand of Congress protecting Michel, alleges BJP

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS): The BJP on Thursday accused the Congress of defending British national Christian Michel in a CBI court in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case and described removal of his counsel Aljo K. Joseph from the party as "drama".

"Besides Joseph, there are two other lawyers of Christian Michel. They are Vishnu Shankar who is the son of a Kerala Congress leader and Sriram Parakkat who has been an NSUI member. All three have worked under big Congress lawyers like Salman Khurshid and Kapil Sibal," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesperson Sambit Patra told a press conference.

He said the Congress is completely "rattled" after the extradition of Michel and have sent their team to defend Michel in the court.

"The extended hand of Congress is protecting Michel. This is not a self goal but a calculated move by the Congress to protect Michel," he said.

The BJP leader said the Congress' move was a signal to the probe agencies that the party stands "rock solid" behind Christian Michel.

Calling the removal of Joseph from the party as a "drama", Patra claimed the top Congress leaders were having sleepless nights after Michel was extradited from Dubai.

"The Congress went to the shroud of removing Joseph from the party. This is the real face of the Congress. While there is a family within the Congress which is having sleepless nights, the same family has appointed its own pointsman to defend Michel," he said.

He said the Congress has done such "drama" in the past by removing Mani Shankar Aiyer and Sandeep Dixit.

The Congress expelled Joseph on Wednesday after a controversy erupted over his representation in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case.

"Later they were promoted to senior posts in the party. Sibal appeared in the Ram temple case and withdrew from it after a controversy. In Kerala lottery case, Abhishek Manu Singhvi earlier appeared and later withdrew himself. But in the case of Joseph, they did not ask him to withdraw from the case. Instead, they removed him from the party which is nothing less than a drama," he said.

Sandeep Dikshit, however said that Patra's claim was a blatant lie.

"No such thing happened. I give him 24 hours to apologize or else I will send a legal notice," he said.

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  • Valerian Menezes, Kota

    Fri, Dec 7 2018

    We can clearly sense that BJP is failing in its mission to implicate Sonia in an already dead case. The VVIP Chopper case is already dismissed in Italy saying 'no evidence for corruption'. Extradition of Christian Michel is a high drama. Nothing can be done except creating a political sensation for which Modi has been trying hard for quite sometime now.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    56" Chest is protecting the Rafale Scam and all the scams in the country and the BJP ruled states. The next Govt will unearth all the mega corruption under the Modi Govt.

    There is no accountability at all for any corruption in the country.

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  • mahesh, mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Total embarrassing moment for Congress.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Few facts BJP won't like-
    Augusta company was black listed by UPA,
    It was removed from the list by BJP!
    He has evidence to embarass bjp how intelligence people contacted him to frame Congress Leaders to give him clean chit, but why they failed to implicate.
    Why Modi prejudges a case even before it comes before courts in India?
    How come he knows the end result even before all the investigation & evidence is collected?
    Why no JPC or CBI enquiry in Rafale Scam?
    Why CBI chief was sent on leave when he asked for the details of the same?
    Nothing is going to change peoples perception of scam of him by these diversionary tactics as Italian courts which took up this case have given clean chit to the person who India got into custody.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    That's Bhakths' wishful thinking and in reality the so called bomb will fizzle out as usual, but no worries, EVMs will do the needful.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Anil Ambani will go inside for 12 Years ...

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  • Roshan Patrao, Traffic Warden, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    What prevents BJP from putting Congress behind bars if they are sure that Congress is protecting Michel? After all, they are in power. This is another tactic by BJP to consolidate its position in the run up to the next general elections. One cannot expect anything better from BJP.

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  • Cyril, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Rafael deal, who will fight for Modi..??

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman / Washington,DC

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Arun Jhootly and Ravi Shankar Prasad...may be Bansuri / Shushma Swaraj's daughter too...

    Like Kapil Sibal and Abhiishek Mansinghvi for CONgress...


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