BJP Says, "Congress Stands Rock Solid Behind 'Mama' Christian Michel"

BJP Says, "Congress Stands Rock Solid Behind

BJP Says, "Congress Stands Rock Solid Behind 'Mama' Christian Michel" 

New Delhi: The BJP accused the Congress party of trying save, Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal, after he was represented by a youth Congress leader. The Bhartiye Janata Party claimed that all three lawyers representing Michel were from the Congress, and that a "full surveillance" has been launched on him by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.

The Congress Party had yesterday said that Aljo K Joseph, the national in-charge for the legal department of the party's youth wing, has been expelled, after he failed to consult senior leaders before taking the case. The  Bhartiye Janata Party which has been accused of crony capitalism by the Congress in a Rafale deal has hinted that the expulsion was an eyewash.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tied Michel's British nationality to the foreign origins of Sonia Gandhi, and taunted that, "In his letter to Finmeccanica, Michel had written about 5% to be paid to the family. Who is this family? Now, which family is trying to save 'maama' Christian Michel".

The BJP had earlier hinted that Ottavio Quattrocchi, the alleged middleman in the Bofors case and an Italian national, was linked to Sonia Gandhi.  

The BJP spokesperson Mr Patra said that "10 Janpath" - Mrs Gandhi's residence --- " wants a detailed report on "who is meeting him (Michel), who has asked what, who he has named, what he is saying, etc."

He said that the three lawyers will "advise Christian Michel twice a day, every day for hours together".

Christian Michel, 54, has been accused of accepting a bribe of 30 million Euros (around Rs. 225 crore) in the VVIP chopper deal. The deal involves the purchase of 12 luxury helicopters for use by the President, Prime Minister and other VIPs, by the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh.

Michel's lawyer had earlier alleged that he was being pressured by Indian agencies to frame Mrs Gandhi in the case in return for amnesty from criminal proceedings.