Rahul Gandhi cornered on his silence over AgustaWestland scandal

Both Prime Minisster Narendra Modi and Funance Minister Arun Jaitley today cornered Congress chief Rahul Gandhi over his  “silence” on the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers case, which has reference to senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel and ‘family’.

Referring to the extraditions of AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam alleged middleman Christian Michel and Rajiv Saxena from Dubai in December 2018 and January 2019, Modi said that the two men had been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over many weeks.

“Your chowkidaar got back some middlemen from Dubai. Probe agencies questioned Italy’s (Christian) Michel mama and other middlemen for many weeks. A chargesheet was filed in court”, he said. He further added that the chargesheet says the people who have been bribed are AP and FAM.

“This chargesheet says AP means Ahmed Patel and FAM stands for Family. You know who is Ahmed Patel, right? He was a close associate of the former CM of Uttarakhand. Now tell me which family is he close to? Who benefitted from the chopper deal?” he asked while addressing a election rally in Dehradun of Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference Jaitley demanded that the Congress should answer as to who were referred to as ‘RG’, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’ in documents cited by the ED. “Right to silence is for accused not for the one who is dreaming to be the country’s Prime Minister,” the BJP leader said adding if no reply is given in case of such serious allegations, the country is “entitled to presume that no reply could have been given”.

Contending that evidence is “over-whelming and needle of suspicion is clear”, Jaitley said he is demanding political answers to the allegations. The more you suppress the truth, the more it spreads so it is necessary that reply be given by the Congress,” he added.

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