Leader close to Congress high command under CBI lens in AgustaWestland case

Further investigators are also looking into the conversations between Haschke and another middleman James Christian Michel.

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New Delhi, Dec 12: A leader close to the Congress high command is under the scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the AgustaWestland chopper case. The CBI is in possession of documents from Milan which have incriminating details about the involvement of several persons in India with regard to the chopper deal.

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A CBI official informed that a top Congress leader beleived to be in the inner circle of the party is under their scanner. The name finds a mention in the documents that were provided by Italy. In addition to this there are several details about the role of the middlemen and politicians in India mentioned in the verdict of the Milan court of appeals which was delivered on April 8 this year.

Top Congreessman under scanner:

The CBI which studied these documents has now decided that it would probe the role of a top Congressman. The CBI says that the probe is based on the 226 page order of the Milan court. In addition to this the agency is also studying the statements which are part of the annexures in the order.

The order mentions the name of several Congress leaders. The communication between these leaders and the middlemen is also being looked into. The Milan court's judgment makes a mention of the conversation between the middleman Guido Haschke. The court also studied the documents that were seized from Haschke. Further investigators are also looking into the conversations between Haschke and another middleman James Christian Michel.

There was high level influence that was used to get the deal through. A meeting in 2005 was a crucial one. It was in this meeting that the decision to reduce the ceiling height was taken. The CBI suspects that such a huge decision was taken at the insistence of some leaders in the ruling party.

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