Happy to be targeted, says Rahul Gandhi on AgustaWestland issue

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 03, 2016 12:54 IST
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during the Parliament Session in New Delhi on Tuesday.) (PTI)

With the BJP mounting an offensive against Congress vice-president on the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper bribery case, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he is happy to be targeted.

“ I am always being targeted, happy to be targeted,” Rahul told reporters.

BJP’s Mumbai North East MP Kirit Somaiya has written a letter to the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the links between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, his aide Kanishka Singh and chopper deal middleman Guido Haschke who has been named in the CBI FIR.

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In a letter to chief of the two agencies, Somaiya said Haschke “is/was the director in Emmar MGF”, a company for med by Kanishka Singh’s family. The company was embroiled in a controversy over alleged irregularities in preparation of the Commonwealth Games, Somaiya alleged.

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“I had brought to your notice that Mr Haschke is common in both the scams. He is connected with Mr Michel who is involved in helicopter scam,” Somaiya wrote in the April 30 letter to the two agencies.

Singh rejected the allegations saying, “Mr Somaiya has been making these false allegations with malafide intent since February 2013.”

In a statement, he clarified that he has “absolutely nothing” to do with the matter and expressed the hope that parties, including AgustaWestland, Hashke and Emaar-MGF, if found guilty, be punished in the “harshest possible” way.

He urged Somaiya to provide material at the earliest to the government and its agencies to facilitate investigation and enable prosecution of the guilty.

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