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AgustaWestland: 'Rajdar' will spill the beans, says Modi, Rahul questions Rafale

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A day after British national James, a middleman wanted in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal case, was extradited to India, on Wednesday said the accused, who has taken Sonia Gandhi's name, will spill the beans on the deal during the government's tenure.

The hit out at and accused him of being the "protector, benefactor and promoter" of and its parent company and demanded a probe into the Prime Minister's role while its sought explanation from on Rafale.

Addressing an election meeting in Rajasthan's Sumerpur, the used the "namdaar" jibe to attack and said those leaders whose four generations ruled the country had to knock the doors of court.

"You must have read in today's newspapers about VVIP helicopter scam of thousands of crore. You would be aware about a letter of Madam When we came to power to find out the files, we kept searching for it and finally found a 'razdar' (one who knows all secrets).

"He was a middleman of England, who was living in He used to serve the friends of 'namdaar' in The government has brought him to This 'razdar' will reveal the secrets. Don't know where and how far it will go," he said.

Modi said a 'chaiwala' was able to do so because of the people who voted him to power.

"Why are those who did corruption on bail today? Why are the sons of these corrupt in jail today? How was this 'razdar' brought to " he asked the people and answered it himself saying this was possible because of their vote.

Addressing a press conference in poll-bound Rajasthan's Jaipur, BJP accused the of playing negative and rejected charges that extradition of Michel was a diversionary tactic.

"has no other issue left. Should we not have nabbed the 'bichauliya' (middleman)? Does the opposition want to save him?" he asked.

Rahul Gandhi, who was in Telangana to address election rallies, refused to comment on the extradition of Michel, but sought the Prime Minister's explanation on the controversial Rafale jet deal.

"Congress party has made its position very very clear in this matter earlier in a press conference. The should explain why he gave Rs 30,000 crore on Rafale to Anil Ambani," he told reporters.

Earlier, Congress accused Modi of being the "protector, benefactor and promoter" of and its parent company and demanded a probe into the Prime Minister's role in "exonerating" the Italian defence and which was blacklisted by the

Citing Michel's Rosemary Patrizi Anjos' July 17 statement, Surjewala said the "and its agencies were forcing Michel to sign a false confessional statement naming UPA in return for complete exoneration from any charge whatsoever in the AgustaWestland Case".

"Even Michel's sister had come out and reiterated the coercions of falsely naming opposition leaders as a ticket for exoneration of Their interviews were recorded by many Indian TV channels also," said Surjewala.

"Never before in the history of has a Prime Minister been found complicit in gaining false evidence against opposition leaders to seek revenge.

"This shocking expose is also a testimony to the prevailing in CBI/ED prostrating before to collect fake and false evidence with a single minded aim of tarnishing the reputation of opposition leaders and serving the political masters as a captive puppet and a willing tool of malicious conspiracy," alleged Surjewala.

"The most intriguing part of the conspiracy is the undisclosed reason on part of for permitting a blacklisted company to get clearances from (FIPB) and permit its entry as partner or to various Indian corporates.

"Not only this, the also sought a special opinion from its in July, 2014 and permitted AgustaWestland/to be part of Make in India and bid for 100 Naval Utility Helicopters, besides clearing its investment proposals through FIPB for manufacture of AW119 helicopters in partnership with Tata," said Surjewala.

The Congress said it was time for the to investigate Modi's role in exonerating AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica instead of "weaving fake story to deflect attention".



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 18:44 IST