In a major political development, Indian Youth Congress has expelled its legal head Aljo K Joseph hours after he appeared for AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel in the Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Wednesday.
In a statement released by the Indian Youth Congress, the party has stated that Joseph appeared in his 'personal capacity' and did not consult with the party before appearing for Michel in the case.
"Aljo K Joseph appeared in his personal capacity. He did not consult the Youth Congress before appearing in the case. IYC does NOT endorse such actions. IYC has removed Aljo Joseph from IYC’s Legal Department and expelled him from the party with immediate effect."
Earlier on Wednesday, while speaking on the controversy that triggered after he appeared for Christian Michel in the court, Indian Youth Congress's legal head Aljo K Joseph, who has been expelled now, has 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."
Following that, he confirmed his position in the Youth Congress, and when asked to speak about the fact that the primary allegations in the AgustaWestland case relate to the UPA governments, Joseph declined to comment further saying, "I don't have instructions to say anything. Even from my client I don't have instruction to comment."