‘Michel has 2 more Cong lawyers’

CBI to ques­tion his Delhi driver

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Vishnu Shankar is the son of a Ker­ala Congress leader and Sri­ram Parakkat has been an NSUI mem­ber.

New Delhi: A day after Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi launched a scathing at­tack on Congress over the dicey Agus­tawest­land chop­per deal, BJP sokesper­son Sam­bit Pa­tra said that two other lawyers from the Congress party are rep­re­sent­ing Chris­tian Michel, the UK na­tional al­leged to be a mid­dle­man who swung the deal.

Aljo K Joseph, who was a leader of the In­dian Youth Congress un­til Wed­nes­day, had ap­peared for Michel in court. He was ex­pelled by the party fol­low­ing an up­roar on so­cial me­dia. Pa­tra said two other lawyers of the Bri­tish na­tional are also linked to the Congress party.

“Vishnu Shankar is the son of a Ker­ala Congress leader and Sri­ram Parakkat has been an NSUI mem­ber. All three [in­clud­ing Aljo Joseph] have worked un­der big Congress lawyers such as Sal­man Khur­shid and Kapil Sibal,” Pa­tra told re­porters on Thurs­day.

NSUI or Na­tional Stu­dents’

Sam­bit Pa­tra, Union of In­dia is the stu­dent wing of the Congress.

Stat­ing that Michel is un­der “full sur­veil­lance” of Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi and his mother So­nia Gandhi, Pa­tra said the party has been “com­pletely rat­tled” by his ex­tra­di­tion. There­fore, it sent out a team of lawyers to save him, he said. Turn to P4 New Delhi: The Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) will soon ques­tion Chris­tian Michel’s driver, Narayan Ba­hadur, about per­sons vis­ited by the ‘fixer’ dur­ing his stay here. Michel had al­legedly trav­elled over a dozen times to Delhi in the years pre­ced­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions of the deal and its sub­se­quent con­clu­sion in 2010. Ba­hadur was his driver dur­ing those vis­its. Bu­reau sources say that CBI would is­sue sum­mons to oth­ers linked to the case. Turn to P4

Michel was ex­tra­dited on Tues­dayBJP spokesper­son

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