Congress leader represents AgustaWestland middleman in Court, gets expelled from the party

Congress party once again finds itself amid controversy, after a lawyer associated with them, went on to to represent AgustaWestland middleman, Christian Michel.

Advocate Ajio K Joseph, who was the legal advisor for Youth Congress till a few hours back, appeared as the legal counsel of Michel at Patiala House court on Wednesday. However, as the controversy seemed to be escalating, Congress party dismissed him from the position.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has extradited British national, Christian Michel from UAE to interrogate about the AugustaWestland chopper scam, in which several big political names from India were allegedly involved. Opposition parties for long, have accused the Congress party and its top brass leadership, including the Gandhi family of being involved in the scam.

Advocate Ajio K Joseph, was often spotted with the top brass leadership of Congress such as, Kamal Nath, Kapil Sibbal, and Sonia Gandhi’s right hand man Ahmed Patel. This suggests that he perhaps had a pretty good influence within the Congress circles. Experts believe that as the Rajasthan assembly elections are closing in, Congress didn’t want to take any risk by supporting or defending K Joseph.

In early 2013, an Indian national parliamentary investigation began into allegations of bribery and corruption involving several senior officials and a helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland surrounding the purchase of a new fleet of helicopters. The scandal has been referred to as the Chopper scam or Choppergate by elements of the media and popular press.

Several Indian politicians and military officials have been accused of accepting bribes from AgustaWestland in order to win the ₹36 billion(US$500 million) Indian contract for the supply of 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters.

these helicopters were intended to perform VVIP duties for the President of India and other important state officials. Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, is alleged by Italian prosecutors to have received kickbacks from the deal.