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AgustaWestland middleman offered 'pile of cash': Jaya Jaitley

By Chennabasaveshwar

Former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitley on Friday said Christian Michel, one of the accused in Chopper Scam, offered her the opportunity to make a 'pile of money'.

Former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitley. Courtesy: ANI news

Jaya Jaitley recalled that Christian Michel approached her when George Fernandes was the Defense Minister in NDA government.

She said, "This happened when George Sahab was Defense Minister, Christian Michel contacted George Sahab and claimed he'll help India lobby with the US."

"He said 'every party needs money, how will you do without money?'I said I'd rather beg on streets," Jaya Jaitley said on Agusta middleman Christian Michel.

She further added that Christian Michel used the cover of a journalist. Christian Michel told Jaya that "He reports to Narasimha Rao on Sonia Gandhi's meetings in London." 

It may be recalled that a special CBI court had issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against three European middlemen in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal case and served the summons on the other accused including former IAF chief S P Tyagi.

The CBI said the NBWs and the summons were issued against the accused on the basis of its chargesheet filed in September this year.

The middlemen are Carlo F Gerosa, Christian Michel and Guido Haschke.

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