Rahul’s close aide serves legal notice to BJP MP Somaiya

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 14, 2016 00:21 IST
File photo of BJP MP Kirit Somaiya during the Parliament Session in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Kanishka Singh has served a legal notice to BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, asking him to withdraw his “false allegations” and apologise for dragging his name in the AgustaWestland chopper purchase scam.

Singh threatened that if Somaiya failed to do so within 72 hours, he would be compelled to take “all legal measures” available to him, both civil and criminal, at his cost and expense.

Somaiya, who represents Mumbai North East in Lok Sabha, had written to the Enforcement Directorate and CBI on April 30 to probe the links between Singh and AgustaWestland chopper deal middleman Guido Haschke, and real estate developer Emmar MGF allegedly involved in the CWG scam.

Through his counsel PS Sudheer, Singh said he has no link whatsoever with Emmar MGF. “Singh is neither a director nor a shareholder of the company nor has he ever been in the past, nor does he intend to be at any point in the future,” the notice said.

Despite these facts being brought to the BJP MP’s knowledge and placed in public domain, the notice said Somaiya had repeatedly made these allegations since 2010 with an “intent to damage” Singh’s reputation and with “complete disregard to the truth”.

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