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After BJP Points Out Christian Michel's Lawyer Aljo K Joseph Being Congress Worker, Party Dismisses Any Links

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Congress' General Secretary Deepak Babaria has dismissed the links with Christian Michel
  • However, Youth Congress legal head Aljo K Joseph counseled for the AgustWestland middleman

In the wake of the controversy over Youth Congress' legal head Aljo K Joseph counseling for AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel at the Patiala House Court on Wednesday, Republic TV exclusively spoke to the opposition party's General Secretary Deepak Babaria who dismissed the questions of links of Christian Michel to the Congress party.

Furthermore, Deepak Misra also claimed that Youth Congress worker Aljo K Joseph appeared for Christian Michel in his 'professional capacity'.

"He is the worker of the youth Congress. That all I don't know, I just know he helps us out in our payments. I don't know if he appearing for someone in his professional capacity. I don't have anything to do with it. There is no Congress link. He is working in his professional capacity," Deepak Babaria stated.

On being questioned if there are any links of Christian Michel's case with any senior members of Congress party, the Congress leader resorted to quote Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley's daughter counseling for Mehul Choksi in PNB scam.

"When Arun Jaitley ji's daughter counseled for Mehul Choksi, what do you have to say in it? He(Aljo K Joseph) is a small-time advocate. So he went in his professional capacity. He does not have any big role in the Congress party," he added. 

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Earlier on Wednesday, Aljo K Joseph, lawyer for AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel, responded over the controversy created by the BJP highlighting that he is the legal head of the Youth Congress.

Heading to the AICC headquarters immediately after Christian Michel was remanded to 5-days CBI custody, Joseph had said, "I'm an actively practicing advocate. I appeared for him (Christian Michel) in my professional capacity. If somebody asks me to appear on behalf of a client...I've only discharged my duty as a lawyer. It has nothing to do with Congress."

"My relation with Congress is separate, my profession is separate. One of my friends, who was having some Dubai connections, through him the lawyer in Italy had requested it. So I was just helping in appearing & assisting him in this matter," he added.

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In the hearing on Wednesday, the CBI stated to the judge that it wanted 14 days custody of Michel in order to unravel a conspiracy around transactions amounting to 37 million euros, equivalent to about Rs 300 crore, and ascertain who were involved. Michel, an AgustaWestland middleman, allegedly has details of the money trail relating to India's deal to procure helicopters for use by VVIPs during the UPA governments, in which senior bureaucrats and potentially politicians, received kickbacks.

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