Sonia And Rahul Gandhi Never Interfered In Defence Deals, BJP Are Misusing Agencies To Manufacture Lies: AK Antony

| December 31 , 2018 , 18:17 IST

Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday revealed that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi they had never interfered in any defence deals and accused the BJP of using central agencies to "manufacture lies".

Speaking to media Antony said, "Lies lies and lies… they (BJP) are trying to manufacture something out of nothing, they are misusing the agencies to manufacture lies."

"I want to say categorically that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi never interfered in defence deals. In my entire period as the defence minister, they never interfered in defence deals," added Antony.

The Congress veteran's assertions came amid the BJP targeting the Gandhi family after the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the multi-crore rupees AgustaWestland chopper deal case, told a special court that Michel referred to one "Mrs Gandhi" and "big man 'R', perceived as being Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

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On Sunday, the Congress had alleged that the Modi government had got AgustaWestland and its parent firm Finmeccanica removed from the blacklisted companies allowing it to bid for 100 helicopters for the Indian Navy.

Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had said that the Congress would “investigate the nexus between the company and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government when it comes to power” in 2019.

Following Michel's extradition from the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, the BJP has been attacking the Gandhi family claiming that the British national will "spill the beans" on the involvement of Sonia and Rahul in the bribery case.