A day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a supplementary chargesheet against Christian Michel in the AgustaWestland case, Union Minister Arun Jaitley slammed Congress party president Rahul Gandhi for his silence on the issue and asked why names of people close to the Gandhi family appear in controversial defence deals.
“Rahul Gandhi talks on several subjects with which he does not even have a nodding acquaintance. He makes wild and unsubstantiated allegations against all and sundry. The only subject he refused to speak about or respond is the one on which he alone knows the truth — his own accounts. My conclusion: When no reply or explanation is given for such a probity related issue, the country is entitled to assume that no reply or explanation could ever have been given. Silence in this case speaks more than any fake explanation,” said Jaitley.
“The chargesheet is based on oral and documentary evidence. To whom is the reference of ‘RG’, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’ being made? Investigators have quoted in the chargesheet the statements of the concerned persons. The documents recovered in Italy corroborate with the oral and documentary evidence collected in India,” questioned Jaitley in his latest blog post.
“Right to silence is for accused not for the one who is dreaming to be the country’s Prime Minister,” the BJP leader had said.
“It is relevant that when the Chairman and CEO of AugustaWestland was arrested in February, 2013 in Italy the CBI had registered the initial PE in 2013 itself. It is only after the Government of India succeeded in getting Christian James Michel on 4th December, 2018 and Rajiv Saxena on 30th January, 2019 that investigations made a significant headway,” stated the Finance Minister.
The Congress said on Friday that the Enforcement Directorate’s supplementary chargesheet in the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper scam case was a “cheap election stunt” to divert the people’s attention from the “imminent defeat” of the Narendra Modi dispensation in the Lok Sabha election.