Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel, whose name has also evolved in the scam rejected allegations against himself and the party. “Absolutely baseless,” he told reporters. He said the government should hang him if he is guilty. “This government, when they are saying all these things outside and inside Parliament, why can’t they investigate,” he said.
"I was told that this accused (James Christian Michel), whom I don’t know, nor can I remember his name correctly, has written two letters to PM. He claims that PM of India met PM of Italy and they wanted to drag Sonia Gandhi in the case. If that could be done, then India would release the accused Italian marines. The ED which has been working under the Modi government has already completed its preliminary investigation and established the trail of money. It didn’t name a single member of the Congress party. So does the Modi government or does it not believe its own ED?" Patel said in an interview with the Indian Express. (Source: Express archive photo by Anil Sharma)