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Agusta deal document

New Delhi, Feb. 1 (PTI): One of the alleged middlemen in the VVIP chopper scam had asked a contact in India to target UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then national security adviser M.K. Narayanan to bag the deal, according to a document submitted in an Italian court.

It has come to light that Christian Michel, alleged to be the main middleman involved in the scam, had sent a fax to one of his contacts, who was allegedly working with AgustaWestland’s India office, in this regard, official sources said, quoting the document recovered by Italian police authorities.

Michel is said to have asked his contact, Peter Fullet, to target Sonia, Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, Veerappa Moily, Oscar Fernandes, Narayanan and one Vinay Singh for bagging the deal.

In the document, the middleman has asked his contact to direct the high commissioner of his native country to target “Sonia Gandhi and her closest advisers”.

He also said that the UPA chairperson would not be flying any more in the Mi-8 choppers and “she was the driving force behind the VIP”, without elaborating, according to sources.

The note has been shared by the Italian authorities with their Indian counterparts.

India has already scrapped the tender and has sought to levy penalties and damages worth more than Rs 5,200 crore.

The Indian Air Force is now readying to prepare its other aircraft to meet the requirements of VVIP flying.