BJP attacks Congress for fielding Choksi’s lawyer from Madikeri

Government appointed H S Chandramouli as new State Public Prosecutor. -I&P Photo

“Technical issues” have held up the candidature of the Congress pick from Madikeri H S Chandramouli, who has come in the line of fire from the BJP over his alleged links with diamond merchant Mehul Choksi.

While Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on a tour of Amethi, targeted the Narendra Modi government for its links to Choksi and Nirav Modi – both accused in the PNB scam – the BJP launched an all-out attack on the Congress chief for fielding the diamond merchant’s “lawyer” Chandramouli from Madikeri.

“What is so special about H S Chandramouli, lawyer of Nirav Modi’s uncle Mehul Choksi, that Congress gave him a ticket from Madikeri while denying one to Brijesh Kalappa, Siddaramaiah’s legal advisor and party spokesperson? Rahul’s friends over CM’s aide? #CongressWithNirav.” BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya said on Twitter.

BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao addressed a press conference here and alleged that Chandramouli had represented Choksi in court in connection with a complaint filed by one S V Hariprasad in Bengaluru.

A senior Congress leader told DH that there were “some technical issues” with the candidature of Chandramouli.

However, the Congress backed Chandramouli wholeheartedly saying his candidature was not put on hold. “If being a lawyer is a crime, then the BJP should seek resignation from its own ministers and then target the Congress,” AICC spokesman Jaiveer Shergill told reporters here.

“The lawyer in question (Chandramouli) has already clarified that he has no personal relationship with Choksi. It is just as a doctor treats a patient, a lawyer has taken up a case of a client,” Shergill said.

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