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Chopper scam: Kejriwal dares BJP to arrest Cong chief Sonia Gandhi

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) to arrest Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders of the party in connection with the notorious Rs 3,600 core AgustaWestland chopper deal.

He also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "silence" on the issue and wondered why CBI raids have not been ordered against Congress leaders in connection with the case.

Kejriwal tweeted on Thursday evening, "I dare BJP 2 arrest Sonia ji n those cong leaders named in Italy court order n interrogate them (sic)."

"BJP'll never do it. BJP's intentions are bad. For five years, BJP will engage in political rhetoric. There is a strong relationship between Congress and BJP," he went on to say. In another tweet, the Delhi chief minister questioned whether those named in Italian court order should not be straightway arrested and interrogated.

In December last year, CBI had conducted raids on the office of Kejriwal's principal secretary Rajendra Kumar in connection with an alleged corruption case. Kejriwal had then alleged that PM asked CBI to conduct raids at Delhi Secretariat.

The controversial agreement to buy VVIP choppers and the alleged bribes paid in sealing it have stirred a political storm after an Italian court "cited handwritten references" to Sonia, her political secretary Ahmed Patel and former Air Chief S P Tyagi by a intermediary in a judgement that found the helicopter company's chief executive guilty.