Did PM Modi offer to trade Italian marines for 'corruption proofs' against Sonia Gandhi?

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New Delhi, Feb 2: This will definitely create huge uproar in political echelon. A British arms agent wanted in 2013 chopper scam has made a serious allegation against Modi government.

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According to reports, agent Christian Michel accused incumbent BJP government of offering Italy the freedom of two marines in exchange for evidence of corruption cases against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her family.

Modi did deal with Italy: British agent

According to The Telegraph report, 54-year old agent made the allegations in a letter to the International Tribunal of the Law of the Seas in Hamburg and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague. The Daily writes that it could not confirm the veracity of Michel's statement.

The daily further writes that Michel said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made this offer to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at a secret meeting. The meeting held last year in the month of September when both the leaders were in New York.

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The agent was quoted by the daily as saying, "The Indian PM proposed to the Italian PM that in return for any evidence that the key adviser to Finmeccanica/ AgustaWestland (this is a reference to myself) had any relationship to any member of the Gandhi family, the honourable PM would assist in solving the case against the two Italian marines".

Modi made deal with Italy: British agent

When asked about this revelation, foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that charges are ridiculous.

Reportedly when Michel was told that Indian Ministry refute the allegation, he said,  "I know these are serious allegations, but I stand by them."

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