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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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