Business Standard

Congress expels Aljo after controversy over representing Michel

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The party on Wednesday fired from its legal cell after a controversy erupted over Joseph representing deal middleman James.

"appeared in his personal capacity. He did not consult the Youth before appearing in the case. The Indian Youth (IYC) does NOT endorse such actions," said in a tweet.

"The IYC has removed Aljo Joseph from IYC's legal department and expelled him from the party with immediate effect," Allavaru added.

A controversy erupted over Joseph's Congress connection after Suresh Nakhua, of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Mumbai unit, tweeted that Joseph, who appeared for Michel, was in-charge of the legal department of the Youth Congress.

"Any guesses who is for Mr Aljo K. Joseph, national incharge, legal department, Indian Youth Congress," Nakhua had tweeted.

Soon after, Amit Malviya, BJP's In-charge of national IT department tweeted: "Meet the who is going to defend 'middleman' .. Does it get more obvious than that?"

Reacting to it, Joseph accepted that he was associated with the Congress but clarified that he appeared in the case in his personal and professional capacity.

"I am an and appeared in my personal capacity. If somebody asks me to appear on his behalf, I have only discharged my duty as a This has nothing to do with Congress. My relationship with Congress is separate and my professional relation is separate," Joseph said.

Christian Michel James, wanted in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP deal case, was produced at a here on Wednesday after he was extradited to on Tuesday night from the (UAE). A CBI team escorted him to in a special plane.



(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 21:06 IST