BJP links Rahul Gandhi aide Kanishk Singh to middleman in Agusta scam

British AgustaWestland AW101 'Merlin' HC3A in June 2012 (Source: Wikipedia, Cpl Phil Major ABIPP RAF)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's one-time aide and Emaar-MGF director Kanishk Singh on Tuesday rubbished allegations of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya of him having a stake in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam as malafide and baseless.

In a statement, Kanishk said, "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."

Kanishka demanded that Somaiya should provide proof at the earliest which would facilitate a proper investigation and prosecution of the guilty.

He also said it is up to the agencies to investigate whether officials of AgustaWestland were involved with Emaar-MGF or not.

About his relation with realty company owner Rajiv Gupta and his family, Kanishka said that he had nothing to do with them.

Somaiya has alleged that Rahul Gandhi and Kanishk were connected to Guido Haschke, one of the middlemen in the AgustaWestland deal.

Haschke, Somaiya has alleged, was also involved in the 2010 CWG scam.

"Emaar-MGF was involved in the CWG scam. There too, there was Guido Haschke. This cannot be a mere coincidence," Somaiya said.


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