AgustaWestland deal: Modi did not meet Italian PM, says MEA

The statement added that an open ended non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against Michel by the CBI Special Judge on September 24 last year and a red corner notice was issued by Interpol on the CBI’s request.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 28, 2016 7:21 am
AgustaWestland, vvip chopper “There was no meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy as part of PM’s bilateral meetings at the UNGA in September 2015,” the MEA said.

THE MINISTRY of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday denied allegations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi had a meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York last year.

James Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland deal, had alleged that the Italian marines case came up during a meeting between the two PMs, and that Modi offered to help settle that case in return for assistance in the chopper probe .

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“There was no meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy as part of PM’s bilateral meetings at the UNGA in September 2015,” said the MEA in a statement on Wednesday.

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“In so far as James Christian Michel is concerned, various law enforcement authorities of India are proceeding against him in cases relating to the Prevention of Corruption Act and PMLA,” it said.

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The statement added that an open ended non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against Michel by the CBI Special Judge on September 24 last year and a red corner notice was issued by Interpol on the CBI’s request.

 

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    Proud.to.be.a.brahmin
    Apr 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm
    Tell me one reason WHY I SHOULDNT BE PROUD OF BRAHMIN ADMIRAL THYAGI, THIEF OF AIR STAFF(Retd).
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      Bav
      Apr 27, 2016 at 9:55 pm
      No surprise as it seems nothing gets done without corruption in India. A country that has big dreams but little law and accountability.
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        Basant
        Apr 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm
        and how about you?
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          Anand.Sarma
          Apr 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm
          Even though I am fully aware that former Chief of Air Staff is actually a pimp between AgustaWestlands and Sonia and even though I am an ARDENT MODI AND BJP SUPPORTER, I CANNOT HIDE RHE FACT THAT I AM PROUD THAT THIEF OF AIR STAFF adCRIMINAL THYAGI IS A BRAHMIN.
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            MyTake
            Apr 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm
            Now it makes sense why stan k I c k s India's a s s and where it gets the strength. Had stan been k I c k I n g India's a s s harder may be sense would have dawned on India earlier!
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