AgustaWestland Row: Govt Forced Middleman to Name Sonia, Says Cong

A day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a fresh chargesheet in a Delhi court in the AgustaWestland scam, the Congress launched a scathing attack on the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) alleging that the Modi government was forcing Christian Michael, the alleged middleman in the scandal, to name Sonia Gandhi in the case.

Citing Michael’s lawyer Rosemary Patrizi, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Thursday, 19 July said that Michael was forced to sign a confession by the Modi government naming Sonia Gandhi.

Addressing a press conference, Surjewala said:

"Two days ago, Christian Michael was arrested in Dubai for AgustaWestland case. Now, his advocate Rosemary Patrizi clearly states that Modi govt and its agencies were forcing Christian Michael to sign false confession naming Sonia Gandhi ji." - Randeep Surjewala

“Surjewala added never in the history has any prime minister gathered “false evidence” to frame an Opposition leader,” NDTV reported.

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The supplementary charge sheet filed on Wednesday accused 34 Indian and foreign individuals and companies, including SP Tyagi, Italian middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke, lawyer Gautam Khaitan and Finmeccanica, the parent company of AgustaWestland, of laundering money to the tune of around 28 million Euro.

The probe report also claimed that the kickbacks were paid by AgustaWestland through two different channels.

"One channel was handled by middleman Christian Michel James and the other channel was handled by Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke. Gerosa and Haschke in collusion with Tyagi Brothers, cousins of S P Tyagi, conspired with Gautam Khaitan of M/s OP Khaitan & Co, Auditors and Solicitors based at New Delhi," the charge sheet said.

Special judge Arvind Kumar put up the charge sheet, filed through special public prosecutor N K Matta under sections 3 and 4 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), for consideration and further action on 20 July.

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(With inputs from ANI, PTI and NDTV)

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