Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said Christian James Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case has named Congress leader ‘Mrs Gandhi’, according to Enforcement Directorate.
The minister, during a press conference, said it soon after the ED revealed it in a court that arrested British national Michel took the name of ‘Mrs Gandhi’ during interrogation and also used “big man ‘R’, son of an Italian lady”.
Stating that the “finger is pointed towards a single family”, he said Michel’s interrogation has revealed “a few new adverbs, few new nouns in this saga of chopper scam”. “First there were only two words AP and family that we debated. But today it is more clear. He (Michel) has said son of an Italian lady, he has said ‘R’, he has said party leader, he has said ‘big man'”.
He also accused the previous Congress government of corruption, saying it compromised with the national security.
His remakrs came after the ED brought in the name of ‘Mrs Gandhi’ and ‘big man R’, an apparent reference to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son and Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in a special court when it got a seven-day extension of custody of Michel.
Citing from a note of Michel, the agency, however, did not specify which “Mrs Gandhi” or “big man R” it was referring to.
Javadekar said all this was coming out “what ED has said to court”. “This shows Congress looted left, right and centre when they were in power”.
Mentioning about former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Javadekar said: “The accidental Prime Minister presided over a loot raj. And that is why it was thrown out by people as it was a government of scams.”
“This chopper scam shows that the government at that time was compromising with the national security,” he said.
The Congress government, Javadekar said, did not sign any defence deal without involvement of middlemen.
Slamming the Congress over the leak of the sensitive material to Michel, Javadekar said “What is shocking is Michel has access to all the sensitive files”.
“The files, which were unavailable to even officers and ministers, were available to Michel. It appeared he received a copy of every letter signed and sent to a ministry, as if, it was the rule,” he said.
Targetting the Gandhi family, the minister said the sum and substance of the story is that “a thief makes noise. Those who are involved in corruption are charging others of corruption without any basis without any proof”.
“The mother and the son (Sonia and Rahul Gandhi) are on bail in a corruption case, the Income Tax department has issued a notice asking them to explain about Rs 6 crore investment in National Herald and National Herald has been asked by court to vacate the premises.
“All this tells the story and points finger at one family,” he said.