From the first raids at middlemen Guido Haschke’s offices to his connections in India and from Christian Michel’s role to taped conversations that named ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’, these are among the key reports that prompted a probe that led to the cancellation of the deal in 2014.
The Congress said the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate(ED) before a Delhi court on Thursday was a 'cheap election stunt' to divert people's attention from the 'imminent defeat' of the Modi government in the polls.
The Congress argued that the UPA government had taken action against AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica ever since irregularities came to light, whereas the Modi government only helped it.
"BJP scriptwriters are working overtime. There is pressure on Michel to name a particular family. Why is the chowkidar trying to pressure the government agencies to name a family?" Congress leader Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh said.
This week we look at how UP got to a place where mob violence that spiralled out of
control got a police officer killed, why the extradition of Christian Michel is a political hot potato &
how a WhatsApp video ruined a woman’s life in Kerela.
Manu Pubby explains his latest exclusive story for The Indian Express on the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper deal. On February, 2014, The Indian Express published a report by him showing how a note that Italian prosecutors produced in court to show the vital role played by middleman Christian Michel in fixing the VVIP chopper deal, has the British 'consultant' telling top AgustaWestland officials to 'target' the closest advisers for UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the contract.