Christian Michel identified “AP” as Ahmed Patel, says ED Chargesheet

Christian Michel identified “AP” as Ahmed Patel, says ED Chargesheet

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Enforcement Directorate (ED) chargesheet claimed that the Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal case, have identified the initials "AP" as Ahmed Patel, an NDTV reports said.

ED’s new revelation was in a chargesheet filed before a court in New Delhi on Thursday. As per Christian Michel James, the abbreviation ''AP'' means Ahmed Patel and ''Fam'' means Family," the ED said.

The chargesheet said according to the "budget sheet, 30 million euros were paid to Air Force officers, bureaucrats and politicians" to swing the deal in the favour of AgustaWestland for purchasing the choppers to ferry VVIPs across the country. ED, in its supplementary chargesheet filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), said "a part of kickback was paid to defence officials, bureaucrats, mediapersons and important political persons of the ruling party".

At another place in the chargesheet, Michel said, "I cannot say what Haschke was thinking. As a guess, I would think he was talking about Ahmed Patel." Regarding "Fam", he said it "could mean family".

While the identity of the said Ahmed Patel is not clear, it is understood that it refers to the senior Congress leader. The veteran leader has not been named in the PMLA FIR of the case.

In the same chargesheet, Rajiv Saxena, another accused arrested in the case, has been quoted by the ED as saying that "AP" was a "reference" to Ahmed Patel. Earlier, Ahmed Patel had denied any wrongdoing in the case.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar said he would decide on whether to take cognisance of the ED's supplementary chargesheet and summon the accused on April 6.