New Delhi: Launching a blistering attack on Gandhi family, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Monday said that ‘friendship’ between Christian James Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case and the Congress’ top leadership is ‘time tested and deep’. Shah also sought to know why Michel passed on the details of questioning on ‘Mrs Gandhi’ to his lawyer.

“Does anyone know why Christian Michel passed on the details of questioning on ‘Mrs Gandhi’ to his Lawyer? Did he want them to be passed on to ‘Mrs Gandhi’ herself? Why?,” Shah asked on Twitter, referring to a slip being passed by Michel to his lawyer Aljo Joseph in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody which referred to a set of questions related to ‘Mrs Gandhi’.

In another tweet, Shah said,”Michel’s lawyer has admitted that the paper was indeed passed on to him. He thought that it was a list of medicines, which could have been transparently given in any case. We have heard of ‘Zandu Balm’ and ‘Tiger Balm’ but what is this ‘Family Balm’ that every middleman wants.”

He also attacked the grand old party for ‘temporarily’ suspending its party leader Aljo Joseph, who is representing Michel in the court.  “In any case, what must be told again and again is the Congress background of Michel’s lawyer. The so-called expulsion remains a sham. He remains the conduit between Michel and Mrs Gandhi,” he said.

Furthermore he added,”In national interest, Michel’s lawyer must tell us about the existence of documents of 2008, which make a reference to Mrs Gandhi. Evidently, the friendship between Michel and one family in India is time tested and deep,” he added.

Notably, Shah’s remarks came days after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told Delhi’s Patiala House Court that the Michel,  has named ‘Mrs Gandhi’ while in custody. However, it is not clear in what reference has Gandhi been named. “Christian Michel has also spoken about “the son of the Italian lady” and how he is going to become the “next prime minister of the country,” the Enforcement Directorate lawyer had informed the court on Saturday.