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Youth Congress Expels Lawyer Who Represented Agusta 'Middleman' In Court

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| December 6 , 2018 , 12:16 IST

Aljo K Joseph, who is the counsel for extradited AgustaWestland chopper case accused Christian Michel, had been expelled by the Youth Congress and removed from his post as Youth Congress’s legal department national in-charge with immediate effect, on Wednesday.

Suresh Nakhua, a spokesperson of the Mumbai unit of the BJP, had first claimed that Mr Michel’s lawyer was a Youth Congress functionary, evoking sharp reactions from various quarters. Following criticism, the Congress expelled Mr Joseph from the party.

According to media reports, Congress said Joseph was ousted as he did not consult the party before taking up the case.

"Aljo K Joseph appeared in his personal capacity. He did not consult the Youth Congress before appearing in the case. IYC does not endorse such actions. IYC has removed Aljo Joseph from IYC's Legal Department and expelled him from the party with immediate effect," Krishna Allavaru, Joint Secretary of All India Congress Committee, tweeted.

Reacting to it, Joseph accepted that he was associated with the Congress but clarified that he appeared in the case in his personal and professional capacity.

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"I am an advocate and appeared in my personal capacity. If somebody asks me to appear on his behalf, I have discharged only my duty as a lawyer. This has nothing to do with Congress. My relationship with Congress is separate and my professional relationship is separate," Joseph said.

Earlier, the Patiala house court had sent Christian Michel the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal to five-day CBI remand.