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Extended hand of Congress protecting Michel, alleges BJP

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The BJP on Thursday accused the of defending British national in a in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal case and described removal of his from the party as "drama".

"Besides Joseph, there are two other lawyers of They are who is the son of a and who has been an NSUI member. All three have worked under big lawyers like and Kapil Sibal," 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 said the Congress' move was a signal to the probe agencies that the party stands "rock solid" behind

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

"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 and

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

"Later they were promoted to senior posts in the party. Sibal appeared in the case and withdrew from it after a controversy. In lottery case, 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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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 18:00 IST