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Congress, BJP trade charges over 'Agusta links'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Retaliating to the BJPs allegations of "links with middleman James Christian Michel", the on Thursday raked up daughters firm being engaged by fraudster and alleged a "BJP-nexus" claiming it promoted the controversial Italian defence company.

Shortly after accused the of trying to save Michel by providing "three lawyers", Congress hit back citing instances of Jaitley providing to scamster and his daughter's firm being engaged by now absconding Choksi, a prime accused in the fraud case.

Questioning the Modi government's intention behind allowing "blacklisted to be part of Make in and bid for 100 Naval Utility Helicopters, the Congress questioned why the did not appeal against Italian courts acquitting two prime accused in the bribery scandal.

"Will the CBI probe the BJP-nexus of quid pro quo, of accommodating and welcoming in and aggressively promoting a blacklisted company? The CBI will never investigate this angle because it is a remote-controlled hawk of the Modi government," Shergill told the media here.

Shergill ridiculed the for trying to establish Congress' links with through the now expelled youth Congress and who represented Michel in a after he was extradited to on Tuesday night from the (UAE).

"The bid to link Congress with Agusta on the basis of an expelled (Joseph) is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. In that case we would like to know why Arun Jaitley's daughter's firm took money from to defend him.

"Will the BJP answer as to why (Rajasthan Chief Minister) Vasundhara Raje helped former cricket or explain why (Union Minister) was an of chief Subroto Roy," asked Shergill.

Citing Jaitley as an advocate "representing and giving legal advice to Dow Chemicals", Shergill said: "If Congress is linked to Agusta, then BJP is linked to Parekh, and and the "

The Congress also questioned the Centre's move to not appeal against two Italian courts earlier in the year acquitting two prime accused - and - in the VVIP chopper deal case.

"The BJP is a one stop shop which provides services to scamsters and fraudsters by acting as their advisors, lawyers, boarding pass agents and police protection agents," added Shergill.

Earlier, Patra, without taking names, targeted Congress and saying the "Congress family was rattled and spending sleepless nights after Michel's extradition".

Patra claimed that the Congress in its bid to save Michel has deputed three advocates, Joseph, Vishnu Shankar, son of a leader, and Sriram Parakkat, who was earlier associated with the Congress student wing.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 17:40 IST