Youth Cong leader ex­pelled for rep­re­sent­ing Michel

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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 ).”

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