Modi trumpets extradition of Christian Michel, Congress seeks CBI probe

Highlighting his anti-corruption credentials, Modi said that Michel was extradited because the people had voted for him to stand up to the corrupt.

Published: 06th December 2018 05:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2018 05:07 AM   |  A+A-

The alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland scam, Christian Michel, coming out of Patiala House court in New Delhi on Wednesday(Photo | Shekhar Yadav)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Seemingly on the back foot for months in the face of a Congress onslaught over the Rafale deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday led the BJP’s offensive against the main opposition party, trumpeting the extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AugustaWestland helicopter deal, on the last day of electioneering in Rajasthan. 

Modi thundered in Dausa:  “This Razdaar (one who’s privy to secrets) will spill the beans”. The Congress hit back, saying that the law will take its own course, and alleged that Modi was weaving a web of lies.
“You must have read in today’s newspapers about a VVIP helicopter scam of thousands of crore.

You would be aware about a letter of Madam Sonia Gandhi,” said Modi, adding that his government persisted with searching files to zero in on a “Razdaar”. The PM added, “he (Michel) was a middleman from England who lived in Dubai, where he served the friends of Namdaars (term used for Congress leaders by Modi)”.

Highlighting his anti-corruption credentials, Modi said that Michel was extradited because the people had voted for him to stand up to the corrupt. The BJP chief, Amit Shah, also campaigning in Rajasthan, asked, “Shouldn’t he (Michel) be caught; should he be protected; what does the opposition want?”  

With the BJP using Michel’s extradition to put the Congress in the dock, Ahmed Patel, a senior leader of the opposition party, told reporters that the “law will take its own course, and now all will get clear”. 
The Congress sought a CBI probe into events preceding the exoneration of AgustaWestland and its parent firm Leonardo, earlier known as Finmeccanica, which had been blacklisted by the UPA government.

“Facing imminent defeat, Modi and the BJP are seeking to weave a web of lies, perpetuate falsehoods, and construct a mesh of deception to hoodwink people in the VVIP helicopter purchase,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

Claiming that the party was intrigued, the Congress asked why the Modi government had permitted a blacklisted firm to get clearances from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board and allowed its entry as “partner or sub-contractor to various Indian corporates”. The Centre had also allowed AgustaWestland to bid for 100 naval utility helicopters in partnership with an Indian corporate firm, the Congress countered. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp