Giving a new twist to the controversy, one of the three middlemen in the purchase of Augustawestland chopper scam, Mr. Christian Michel had charged that he was pressurised by Indian investigators to incriminate the Gandhis in the scandal.
In a letter written to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Michel also dropped a bombshell that the Narendra Modi government tried to cut a deal with him. The letter was dated
December 23, 2015 and addressed to the Registrar of the International Tribunal
“At this time it was made very clear to me through a number of obtuse channels if I was willing to denounce and member of the Gandhi family relating to the so-called VVIP helicopter scandal, all charges and investigations against me would be dropped. I responded in the negative and without so much as summons and within one week an arrest warrant was issued against me and within a few weeks after that the Indian authorities then contacted Interpol and used this mechanism to put further pressure on me to agree to their political agenda,” he has reportedly stated in the letter.
The letter was written to the International Tribunal four months before the Italian court delivered its verdict in the AgustaWestland scam.
“It was a clear case of forgery by Guido Haschke (another middleman) and he has brazenly forged the documents given to Italian courts and for this I have sued him” Michel said.
He has also alleged that the document which has the name of Signora Gandhi and AP was forged by Haschke. When Haschke was interrogated by the Italian prosecutors in November 2013 he said that there were three people present in the meeting where Michel allegedly dictated the names of those to whom bribes were allegedly paid. These three people were Haschke himself, Christian Michel and David Nigel Syms. Syms submitted an affidavit on 7 January 2015 in which he denied that he was present in any such meeting. Michel is now using this affidavit to say that two of the three people who were supposedly present in this meeting in April 2008 are denying that Michel dictated the names of Signora Gandhi and AP.