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Cong's extended hand defending Michel to protect family

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The extradition of has rattled the Congress, the BJP claimed on Thursday, alleging that the opposition party's "extended hand" is defending the alleged middleman in the chopper deal to protect "the family" from the fallout of the investigation.

said all three lawyers, including Youth functionary Aijo K Joseph, who appeared for Michel in a court had links with the

He also dismissed the party's decision to Joseph as a charade and drama.

Joseph appeared as Michel's on Wednesday, prompting the BJP to attack the opposition party which sacked him within hours.

Patra said the may have expelled him but he remains a for the accused as "10 Janpath", the residence of Sonia Gandhi, wants its own people to be in touch with Michel.

Besides Joseph, one of the lawyers defending Michel is a member of the Congress' youth wing while the father of another is a party member, Patra claimed at a press conference.

"Isn't this too much of an coincidence? Isn't the extended hand of the Congress was working to protect the family?" he asked, adding that it is a clever move by the party to ensure that Michel is protected.

He said the Congress had earlier also acted against its leaders like and but "promoted" them later.

The Congress suspended Aiyar in December last year for his "neech" jibe against The suspension was revoked in August this year.

It has, however, never taken any disciplinary action against Dikshit and Patra did not specify what he was referring to.

The BJP has used the extradition of Michel to to hit out at the Congress as it has often alleged that some leaders of the opposition party were involved in corruption in the VVIP chopper deal.

The Gandhi family is having sleepless nights following the extradition, Patra said.

"Entire Congress party is out to defend him (Michel)," Patra told reporters, claiming that the opposition party has sent out the message that it was standing like a rock with the accused.

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

It showed the clean conscience of BJP leaders while the Congress is "married to corruption", he said.

Michel, the alleged middleman in the politically-sensitive Rs 3,600 crore era deal, was brought to from Tuesday night following his extradition.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 17:30 IST