A day after Enforcement Directorate (ED) named Congress MP Ahmed Patel and a “Mrs Gandhi” in its chargesheet, alleged middleman in AugustaWestland Christian Michel said he did not take anyone’s name.
Michel’s lawyer Aljo Joseph told India Today thay he spoke to his client and he denied taking any name during his custody in Enforcement Directorate.
“in my knowledge, Christian Michel has not taken any name. I spoke to Michel also and he denied taking any name during his custody in Enforcement Directorate,” said Aljo Joseph.
According to ED chargesheet, AgustaWestland accused Christian Michel told the agency that ‘AP’ stands for Ahmed Patel and ‘Fam’ stands for family. AP and Fam were words mentioned in a diary accessed by the ED.
This development may have serious implications as the Enforcement Directorate will have to prove before the court that Michel indeed took name of Ahmed Patel.
However, sources have told India Today that this particular statement has been recorde under Section 50 of the PMLA by th ED. Hence, the statement can itself become an evidence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, during an election rally, mentioned the ED chargesheet.
The congress party has already alleged that naming Ahmed Patel in the chargesheet is a political gimmick and Enforcement Directorate is working on cue from ruling government.
Michel, before being extradited to India, had alleged that he was being pressurised by the Indian agencies (CBI) to name Congress politicians.