Modi's Michel mama questionnaire: How did Christian know cabinet meeting time, govt file status?
How did Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland case, know about the time of a cabinet meeting on security or the status of a government file?
And what role did the British national, who was extradited to India last month, play in delaying the procurement of Rafale jets for ten long years?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Indians deserve to know the answers to these questions.
While speaking to BJP workers from Tamil Nadu today, Modi said Christian Michel is close to the Congress's "first family" -- meaning Rahul and Sonia Gandhi's.
Modi said people behind attacks on India's defence procurement are often middlemen from the Congress era and international forces who want to ensure that India's military doesn't get stronger.
PM: People of country deserve to know how did middleman Michel know about the time of a meeting of cabinet on security, about status of a govt file, what role he played in delaying procurement of Rafale for 10 long yrs, what role he played in putting national security in danger" pic.twitter.com/yjpLDoum8EANI (@ANI) January 10, 2019
A 2009 letter that Christian Michel wrote to the former chief of AgustaWestland's parent company, Finmeccania (now Leonardo), mentions a Cabinet Committee on Security meeting. It suggests Michel was getting information about what was going on at top levels of the government. (Read more more.)
As well, documents accessed by India Today TV reveal that two people, including Christian Michel, strategised for Rafale's competitor Eurofighter in order to seal the deal in its favour. Prime Minister Modi said yesterday at a rally in Maharashtra that according to media reports, "Michel mama" had lobbied for another company. He asked Congress leaders for an explanation.
The Enforcement Directorate has said Christian Michel spoke about the "son of an Italian lady" and took "Mrs Gandhi's" name in reference to a query -- a disclosure the BJP has used to attack the Congress, especially Rahul Gandhi's family.
Inputs from agencies