New Delhi, May 5: In a latest twist in the controversial AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal that is haunting Congress, its president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, the alleged middleman Christian Michel alleged that he was put under pressure by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government and Indian investigative agencies to name Gandhi family members in the chopper scam.
In a letter to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Christian Michel alleged that he was lured by Indian government officials to name Gandhi family members in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scandal. He said that number of government officials contacted him with proposal to implicate Gandhis and in turn all the charges against him would be dropped. (ALSO READ: AgustaWestland rocks Rajya Sabha: Who said what? Did BJP succeed in nailing Congress during the raging debate?)
“At this time it was made very clear to me through a number of obtuse channels, if I was willing to denounce and member of the Gandhi family relating to the so called VVIP helicopter scandal all charges and investigations against me would be dropped. I responded in the negative and without so much as summons and within one week an arrest warrant was issued against me and within a few weeks after that the Indian authorities then contacted Interpol and used this mechanism to put further pressure on me to agree to their political agenda,” Michel wrote on 23 December 2015. This letter was written four months before the Italian court delivered it’s verdict in the AgustaWestland corruption scam.
Speaking to India Today, Christian Michel claimed that Guido Ralph Haschke, one of the accused in the AgustaWestland case, forged the documents submitted in the Italian court. He said that he would sue Haschke who allegedly forged the document which has the name of Signora Gandhi and AP.
The allegations made by Christian Michel has raised many questions on whether the Modi government put pressure on him to name Gandhi family members to corner Congress party. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that that there was a deal between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi to fix Congress president Sonia Gandhi.