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Modi is protector, benefactor, promoter of AgustaWestland: Congress

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Accusing of being the "protector, benefactor and promoter" of and its parent company Finmeccanica, the on Wednesday demanded a probe into Modi's role in "exonerating" the Italian defence and which was blacklisted by the

A day after British national James, a middleman wanted in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal case, was extradited to India, the attacked Modi and the of "using him to launch a smear campaign" against opposition leaders.

Citing Michel's Rosemary Patrizi Anjos' July 17 statement, spokesperosn Randeep said the "and its agencies were forcing Michel to sign a false confessional statement naming in return for complete exoneration from any charge whatsoever in the 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 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 the 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 Congress attack came on a day when both Modi and hit out at the Congress saying Michel who has taken Sonia Gandhi's name, "will spill the beans" on the deal during the government's tenure.

However, the Congress alleged that the was indulging in cover-up to "hide its sinister role in helping and promoting the AgustaWestland and which were blacklisted by the UPA.

"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 Modi government also sought a special opinion from its in July, 2014 and permitted AgustaWestland/to be part of Make in 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 instead of "weaving fake story to deflect attention".



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 16:26 IST