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Delhi court notice to ED on Christian Michel’s plea of chargesheet leak

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Delhi court notice to ED on Christian Michel’s plea of chargesheet leak

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A Delhi court today (Saturday, April 6) issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, accusing the agency of politicising the case and leaking the chargesheet copy to the media even before the court took cognisance of it and before serving a copy to the accused.

The ED, on the other hand, sought an enquiry as to how the copy of the charge sheet was leaked to the media and asked for issuance of notice to a news organisation asking to explain how they accessed the document.

Issuing the notice to ED, special judge Arvind Kumar directed it to file a reply on Michel’s plea. Michel had stated in his plea that he had not named anybody in connection with the deal during investigation by the ED and that the agency had leaked the charge sheet, even though the court has not taken cognisance over the documents filed before it, in order to make the entire case a sensation again in the media,.

The court will take up the matter of leaking of the charge sheet copy on April 11.

The court also issued summons to Michel’s business partner and middleman David Nigel John Syms as accused in the case. Syms, named as accused in the charge sheet, will have to appear before court on May 9.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel and one “Mrs Gandhi” are named in the ED chargesheet against Christian Michel filed before a court in Delhi on Thursday.

Michel yesterday challenged ED’s chargesheet, denying he had mentioned any names to ED.

The Enforcement Directorate chargesheet comes just days before the national election, for which campaigning is at its peak. The Congress alleges that the chopper investigation has been ramped up in an attempt to target its top leaders in election season, mainly to deflect attention from the Rafale deal controversy.

The BJP says the case could spell “serious trouble” for the “first family” of Congress, referring to its chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.

The BJP used the allegations in the ED chargesheet to mount an attack on Congress.

Targeting the Congress leadership, Modi told a rally in Dehradun: “You will recall that your chowkidar had brought back from Dubai some of the helicopter scam middlemen. The agencies questioned Italy’s Michel mama and other middlemen for several weeks, based on which a chargesheet has been filed in court. I saw in the media that among those the helicopter scam middlemen were said to have paid bribes, there was one AP, AP, and the second FAM, FAM. This chargesheet says AP means Ahmed Patel and FAM means family.”

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reported as having said that the Congress should respond as to who were mentioned as ‘RG’, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’ in documents summoned by the ED in the AgustaWestland case. He added that Swiss police, in 2013, had also confiscated records carrying similar initials in its raids in connection with the case.

Jaitley, while targeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi, said “any diary is a written admission and is admissible against the writer, especially when there is corroborating evidence. It is also admissible against fellow accused if it was written at the same time as the conspiracy was being hatched. This law was passed by the Privy Council in the Mirza Akbar case”.

Jaitley did not take names but he was was referring to the ED claim of an entry ‘RG’ in a diary of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an accused in the chopper deal case who is in custody. The ED has told a Delhi court that “Sushen is not coming out with true and correct fact” in “identifying who the real ‘RG’ is” in the diary.

In tweets Friday, Jaitley said: “There is an erroneous belief among Indian politicians that a diary is never admissible as evidence. A diary constitutes an admission in writing and is admissible against the maker of that admission. It is admissible against the other co-conspirators as well.”

This, however, prompted a riposte from Congress which reminded Jaitley of the stand he and Modi government has been taking in other cases, like Sahara and Birla diaries and BS Yeddyurappa’s diary, claiming they were not evidence.

Diary aside, Modi government has not admitted that Rafala fighter jet deal merits probe despite official files and notings raising pertinent questions about the way the deal was negotiated.

Randeep Surjewala, Congress’s chief spokesperson, said that the Jaitely is showing immense trust in “diary entries” to level “bogus” charges, even as the BJP is “mute” on Yeddy and Sahara diaries.

Surjewala tweeted, “Suddenly, FM shows immense faith in ‘Diary entries’ to make Bogus Allegations! What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!”

He added, “Why is PM Modi & BJP silent on Sahara Diaries? Why is PM Modi & BJP are mute on Yeddy Diaries? Duplicity & Doublespeak is ingrained in BJP’s DNA.”

The purported Sahara diaries were recovered following raids conducted in November 2014. Reportedly, the Sahara diaries listed alleged pay-offs to politicians. The Yeddy diaries refer to former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa’s alleged diary which, according to Congress, had accounts of ‘bribes’ given to BJP leaders. The PM Modi’s government had dismissed all such accusations.

Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal tweeted:

“ED lies as Michel denies … But BJP says

Birla Diaries : ” Gujarat CM – Rs 25 crores .12 paid . 13 ? ”

Sahara Diaries : ” cash given at Ahmedabad , Modi ji ” ” cash given to CM Gujarat ”

40 crores to Modi ji .

Yediyurappa Diary : 1800 cr to BJP leaders

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Arvind Kejriwal says BJP started Operation Jhaadu to crush AAP

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them

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Arvind Kejriwal says BJP started Operation Jhaadu to crush AAP

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu to crush the Aam Aadmi Party since its popularity among the people is rising too fast. Kejriwal was addressing Aam Aadmi Party workers at the party office in New Delhi where he claimed the AAP’s bank accounts would be frozen after elections and they will be brought on the roads and left without an office.

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them.  He further added that through Operation Jhaadu, AAP’s big leaders will be arrested; they are being arrested, and in the coming days, Aam Aadmi Party’s bank accounts will be frozen.

Kejriwal pointed out that ED’s lawyer has already given this statement in court that soon after the election, AAP’s bank accounts will be frozen. He said that if they freeze their accounts now, then AAP will get sympathy. As a result after the election, ED will freeze AAP’s bank accounts. He said AAP’s party office will be cleared out, and the party will be brought to the streets.  Kejriwal said these are the 3 plans made by the BJP.

The Delhi chief minister claimed that no gold or money has been recovered from him, and the BJP, by creating false cases has got AAP leaders arrested. Kejriwal recalled that since the time he came to power in 2015, many allegations had been against him by the BJP. He said after the liquor policy scam has happened people are asking them if the scam happened then where is the money. He pointed out that in other places, when raids happen, notes and gold are recovered, but here nothing was found. Kejriwal asked the people that where is all the money? He said BJP had made fake cases and arrested AAP leaders.

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PM Modi says Congress is the mother of corruption, party was involved in coal and 2G scams

PM Modi said, Congress and JMM know nothing about development and their only job is to speak lies, loudly, again and again, and everywhere, their only objective is to do an the X-ray of poor people’s wealth and steal it.

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PM Modi says Congress is the mother of corruption, party was involved in coal and 2G scams

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur on Sunday (May 19) amid the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2024.  While addressing the election rally in Jamshedpur PM Modi said, people’s excitement told him what result will come on June 4 in Jamshedpur.

He recalled the time when he used to work as a BJP party worker for many years and used to ask people at that time they would come at 10 or 11 am to attend an election rally. But today he was witnessing a huge crowd here. The prime minister thanked all of them and said Lok Sabha election decides and strengthens the future of the country.

During a public rally in Jamshedpur, PM Modi said, Congress and JMM know nothing about development and their only job is to speak lies, loudly, again and again, and everywhere, their only objective is to do an the X-ray of poor people’s wealth and steal it. He further accused the Congress and JMM of snatching the reservation of SC and ST and the party leaders of the two parties are continuously abusing Modi every day. He asked if they are not able to think beyond this? He said the whole country has realised their truth.

PM Modi said, Congress and their ally parties, wherever they have governments, he challenged those chief ministers and this is not his political statement. The prime minister said Congress’s Shehzada keeps opposing business industries, businessmen and investments.

 PM Modi asked which businessman will go and invest in those states? What will happen to the youths of those states?  He said all investors who come to him and say that they would not go to these states because of their ideology against them. He said businessmen are verbally abused there and investors are forced to think that since Shehzada has this kind of thoughts, his ally parties would have the same thoughts as well. PM Modi added Congress is the mother of corruption and party was involved in coal and 2G scams as well

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Rahul Gandhi says Kejriwal will vote for Congress and he will vote for AAP

Gandhi said that if the prime minister comes in front of him, he would ask him questions about crony capitalism, unemployment, inflation, and farm issues.

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Rahul Gandhi says Kejriwal will vote for Congress, and he will vote for AAP

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was addressing an election rally on Saturday where he said that Arvind Kejriwal will vote for a Congress candidate and that he will vote for an AAP candidate in Delhi in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections as a mark of strong bond between the two allies.

He further added workers of Congress and of AAP to work together to ensure the victory of their alliance in all 7 Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. In his address, Gandhi also challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a debate concerning the issues of India. The Congress leader said he is ready to debate with PM Modi whenever and wherever he wants, but he was confident that PM Modi would not come.

Notably, former Supreme Court judges Madan B Lokur and Ajit P Shah and senior journalist N Ram had written to Gandhi and PM Modi recently and invited them to a platform for a debate on the key Lok Sabha election issues. Gandhi said that if the prime minister comes in front of him, he would ask him questions about crony capitalism, unemployment, inflation, and farm issues.

The Wayanad MP said in his address that PM Modi has only worked for 22-25 people. He asked small businessmen from Chandni Chowk, what PM Modi had done for them? He said demonetization, GST, and other taxes had impacted small businessmen. He said billions of rupees of Adani and Ambani had been waived off. Gandhi said BJP is privatising railways and other PSUs as well.

The former Congress president questioned the prime minister about introducing the now-scrapped electoral bond scheme and further accused him of extorting money with the help of central agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Gandhi reffered to Delhi as the Brotherhood Capital and said that if people work together with love, there is progress.

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