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Aussies will fight back, but India has upper hand: Ghavri        World Tour Finals: Tough road ahead for Sindhu; Sameer too eyes knockout berth        Govt should consider 100% FDI in multi-brand retail trade: CII report        Shaktikanta Das named new RBI Governor        Khashoggi, other journalists named Time 'Person of the Year'        May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal        Three policemen killed in Shopian by terrorists; weapons snatched        13 of 19 Rajasthan ministers lose elections; CM Vasundhara Raje retains her seat        Clear message to Modi that People are unhappy and it is time for change: Rahul on poll results        Cong leads in R'than, Chhattisgarh and MP; TRS races ahead in Telangana, MNF in Mizoram        Shakhtar prepare for home match 700 kilometres from home        AC Milan let Inter off the hook with Torino stalemate        Sensex cracks over 550 pts; Nifty drops below 10,600        Trump's potential next chief of staff pick leaving White House        UK PM faces fight for her political life in Brexit deal        BJP mocks Oppn meet, asks them to reveal PM candidate's name        RBI Governor Urjit Patel makes loud noise with silent exit        RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha resigns from Union council of ministers        1st Test: India in cruise control as Australia reduced to 104/4 chasing 323        Over 16000 runners take part in Pune Half Marathon        
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National News
PM latching on to Michel for 'smear campaign' against opposition leaders: Cong
 
Hyderabad, Dec 5 (PTI) The Congress on Wednesday said the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were "latching" on to Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal who was extradited to India from Dubai, for a "smear campaign" against opposition leaders.

Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, in a statement, alleged that facing "imminent defeat" in state polls, Prime Minister Modi and the BJP government were seeking to "weave a web of lies" and construct a "mesh of deception to hoodwink" the people of India in the chopper case.

Michel, the alleged middleman in politically-sensitive Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, was brought to India late Tuesday night following his extradition by the UAE.

In his rally in Rajasthan on the last day of campaigning before the state elections on Friday, Modi referred to the extradition of Michel saying, "The government has brought the middleman involved in a helicopter scam from Dubai. He served politicians and will now disclose secrets."

Surjewala accused the Modi government of indulging in a "cover up conspiracy" to hide its role in helping and promoting the "banned company" AgustaWestland and its parent company, Finmeccanica.

"While the BJP and PM Modi are seeking fake credit without being subjected to investigation by the CBI for their own complicity and connivance, they are latching on to Christian Michel for committing a smear campaign against opposition leaders. The truth qua Christian Michel is already out in the open," he claimed.

Surjewala alleged the statement made by Michel's advocate Rosemary Patrizi Dos Anjos after his detention in July had "clearly brought out" that the Modi government and its agencies were forcing him to sign a false confessional statement naming UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in return for complete exoneration from any charge whatsoever in the case.

"Even Christian Michel's sister had come out and reiterated the coercions of falsely naming opposition leaders as a ticket of exoneration of Christian Michel," he said.

He claimed that never before in the history of India has a prime minister been found "complicit" in gaining "false evidence" against opposition leaders to seek "revenge".

Surjewala also said it was time that CBI investigated the prime minister for his alleged role in "exonerating" AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica instead of "weaving a fake story" to deflect attention from the "imminent defeat" in five states.

The ruling BJP had said Tuesday that the extradition in the case from the UPA era is a diplomatic victory for India and could spell "serious trouble" for the Congress's "first family", referring to Gandhis.

It also asserted that the development was an unequivocal affirmation of the Modi government's "seriousness in fighting corruption".


Three policemen killed in Shopian by terrorists; weapons snatched
13 of 19 Rajasthan ministers lose elections; CM Vasundhara Raje retains her seat
Clear message to Modi that People are unhappy and it is time for change: Rahul on poll results
BJP mocks Oppn meet, asks them to reveal PM candidate's name
RBI Governor Urjit Patel makes loud noise with silent exit
Can special consideration be shown to man with skin disorder: HC asks Centre
BJP files caveat in SC over 'rath yatra' in WB
More than 225 terrorists killed in J&K so far this year: Army
Glad key people shedding fear, breaking silence on govt decisions: Chidambaram
Krishnamurthy Subramanian appointed as Chief Economic Advisor for 3 years
TN Governor meets Modi, discusses issues of state
Christian Michel sent to 5-day CBI custody by court in VVIP chopper case
Mamata asks people to uphold the secular fabric of the country
Bulandshahr violence: UP CM meets slain inspector's family
Kashmir Valley records sub-zero temp on Tuesday night
Telangana set for change: Rahul Gandhi
Under PM Modi-Yogi Adityanath, Police, Common Man In Terror: Rahul Gandhi
Punitive Action Against Anil Ambani’s Firm, Navy Encashes Bank Guarantee in Vessel Deal
Note ban had no impact, failed to keep check on black money: Ex-CEC Rawat
NGT slaps Rs 25 crore fine on Delhi govt for failing to curb air pollution
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
 Vaikom: Playback singer Vaikom Vijayalekshmi has tied knot with Anoop N. at Vaikom Mahadeva temple.  
Mohanlal's Odiyan: Official trailer launched
Mammootty narrates Odiyan's intro?
Sradha Kapoor as Saina Nehwal: First look poster is out.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Khashoggi, other journalists named Time 'Person of the Year'
 New York, Dec 11 (AFP) Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October at his country'
May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal
Trump's potential next chief of staff pick leaving White House
UK PM faces fight for her political life in Brexit deal
KERALA NEWS
Activist Rehana Fathima, Who Attempted Sabarimala Trek, Arrested Over Facebook Post
 (Kochi, Nov 28, 2018): Model and activist Rehana Fathima, who tried to reach Kerala's Sabarim
Good news for Keralite Nurses: IELTS cut-off reduced to 6.5
BJP leader K Surendran, 71 others granted bail
Sabarimala protests: Arrests up to 2061, Kerala HC warns police
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