I Am Always Targeted Says Rahul Gandhi Over AgustaWestland Deal

“I am always being targeted. I am happy to be targeted,” Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday (May 3) in response to allegations about his aide’s role in the AgustaWestland chopper deal. BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had alleged on Monday that Rahul and his aide Kanishka Singh were connected to Guido Haschke, one of the middlemen in the AgustaWestland scandal. Haschke’s name also comes in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam. In 2009, Haschke was a director at Emaar-MGF, that is promoted by Kanishka’s relatives.Kirit Somaiya had asked the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to “check” Kanishka’s links with Emaar-MGF that was allegedly involved in the CWG scam. “Emaar-MGF was involved in the CWG scam. There too, there was Guido Haschke. This cannot be a mere coincidence,” Somaiya said. Meanwhile, Kanishka on Tuesday said Somaiya’s allegations – that he had a stake in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam – are malafide and baseless. “Mr Somaiya’s allegations about me are entirely baseless, false and with an ulterior political motive. Somaiya has been making these false allegations about me with malafide intent since February 2013”, a statement from Kanishka said. Kanishka demanded that Somaiya provide proof at the earliest so that there can be proper investigation and so the guilty can be prosecuted. He also said it is up to the agencies to investigate whether AgustaWestland officials had any links with Emaar-MGF.

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