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BJP linking Michel with party is 'pot calling kettle black', says Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Thursday said the BJP linking it with Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the deal, on the basis of an "expelled lawyer" is a case of the "pot calling the kettle black".

said if the BJP can link his party to Michel on the basis of a then the ruling party should answer about Arun Jaitley's family members taking fees from PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi, representing and giving an affidavit in favour of Lalit Modi in

He also said the BJP must give an answer on Jaitley representing and giving advice to in the

"BJP was caught red-handed with the same nexus for helping and admitted the nexus when he had to refund the fee, thinking it will do a face saving exercise," Shergill claimed.

Earlier in the day, BJP Sambit Patra, to a question about kin of some top BJP leaders appearing for those accused of corruption, said they did not only recuse themselves but also returned the fee paid to them.

The had charged that Jaitley's daughter and son-in-law, both lawyers, received a retainership from Choksi.

However, Jaitley's son-in-had issued a statement saying that his firm had returned the retainership the moment they came to know that the company was involved in a scam.

On Wednesday, the Congress expelled Youth Congress and lawyer from the party after he appeared in a court here for Michel, who was extradited from on Tuesday for allegedly being the middleman in the UPA era Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal.

On Patra's allegation that all three lawyers, who appeared for Michel in court, had links with the Congress, Shergill said the other two lawyers, apart from Joseph, were not the office bearers of the in any capacity or with any affiliated body.

He alleged that the BJP is a "one stop shop which provides full service to fraudsters and scamsters by acting as their advisors, lawyers, boarding pass agents, ticket agents, establishing in agents, and police protection agents".

"The BJP linking the Congress party with on the basis of an expelled Congress lawyer is a classic case of pot calling the kettle black," he said.

"BJP is the advocate of runaways," Shergill claimed.

The Congress asked whether the CBI will investigate the "BJP-CBI nexus" of quid pro quo of "accommodating, welcoming" into

"Will the CBI investigate, no they will not investigate because the CBI is behaving like a remote-controlled hawk of the CBI has become the comfort bureau of investigation of the Bhartiya Janata Party," Shergill alleged.

Why for the past four-and-a-half-years CBI has not investigated the angle of BJP "aggressively promoting" and its parent company, Finmeccanica, despite them being on the radar of suspicion, he asked.

British Michel was sent to CBI custody for five days by a on Wednesday, a day after he was extradited to from the UAE.

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

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 21:15 IST
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