Youth Cong leader expelled for representing Michel
THE Congress on Wednesday expelled Indian Youth Congress leader and lawyer Aljo K Joseph from the party after he appeared in a court here for Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the graft-tainted Rs 3,600 crore Agusta Westland VVIP chopper deal.
The Youth Congress said Joseph represented Michel in his personal capacity and did not consult the party before appearing in the case. “IYC does NOT endorse such actions. IYC has removed Aljo Joseph from IYC’s Legal Department and expelled him from the party with immediate effect,” the Youth Congress said in a statement.
Suresh Nakhua, a spokesperson of the Mumbai BJP unit, had first claimed that Joseph was a Youth Congress functionary, evoking sharp reactions from various quarters.
Joseph was with the IYC for a long time, but had not been active recently, a senior Youth Congress leader said, adding that the lawyer did not consult anyone in the party at any level. He was unable to give a satisfactory explanation for his action and, therefore, the party decided to take action against him, the IYC leader said.
Joseph appearing for Michel gained traction after Nakhua made the claim in a sensational tweet. “BOOM ..... Any guesses who is lawyer for Christian Michel? Mr @Aljokjoseph, National incharge, legal department, Indian youth congress (Youth wing of Cong led by #OutonBail @rahulgandhi ).”