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ED has become a part of NDA, says Ahmed Patel

Ahmed Patel.

Ahmed Patel.  

Slams agency for linking him to AgustaWestland case

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Friday called the allegations against him ‘baseless’ and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doing ‘gutter level’ politics by naming him in the AgustaWestland scandal.

“I have full faith in the judiciary and in case I am guilty of anything, please take action against me. You are free to hang me. But everyone knows Narendra Modi who does gutter-level politics,” Mr. Patel said.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Patel called the allegations ‘baseless and hilarious” and said that in election season, it was going to rain allegations. He said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had become a part of the NDA in these elections. “The brokers of Rafale and demonetisation will not be able to save themselves as people won’t forgive them,” he said.

In a separate statement, the Congress called the ED’s supplementary chargesheet as part of a malicious propaganda ahead of the polls.

The Directorate submitted the chargesheet in the special court on Thursday. The agency is learnt to have mentioned in the document that alleged middleman Christian Michel, extradited from the UAE last December, had identified the initials “AP” — mentioned in some seized papers — as Mr. Patel.

The ED, which has filed the 3,000-page supplementary chargesheet against about 40 accused persons and companies, alleges that 30 million euros were paid to Air Force officers, bureaucrats and politicians to swing the VVIP chopper deal in AgustaWestland’s favour.

The court has fixed Saturday for taking cognisance of the chargesheet.

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