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AK Antony’s defence on chopper deal

Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 10:49am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Defending his party colleagues defence minister AK Antony on Tuesday said that authenticity of some documents which have came to light during the trial of VVIP helicopter deal is “not proved.”

During the trial in Italy last week, a note came to the light suggesting that one of the middlemen Christian Michel had written to an AgustaWestland official in India to ask a ‘high commissioner’ to target Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her close advisers Ahmed Patel, Pranab Mukherjee, Veerappa Moily. “There is an unsigned document purported to be written by Christian to the attention of one Peter Hullet for high commissioner to target certain Indian leaders. The authenticity of these documents is not proved,” Antony told Rajya Sabha.

Antony said that during the trial one unsigned handwritten paper was produced which has headings “AF, BUR, POL (under which AP is recorded), FAM etc and Guido Hashcke, from whom this document has been recovered, has been cross-examined on this.

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