Tuesday, December 04, 2018

AgustaWestland Scam: Middleman Christian James Arrested at Delhi Airport, CBI to Question Today

New Delhi: Christian James Michel, the alleged British middleman wanted by investigative agencies in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, was extradited to India and landed at the Delhi airport at 11 pm.

He was arrested soon after landing in Delhi and will be questioned by the CBI on Wednesday.
He is being brought back in an operation under the guidance of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

It is being coordinated by interim CBI Director M Nageswar Rao. A team of the agency's officers led by Joint Director Sai Manohar was in Dubai to bring him back.

After a Dubai court last month upheld a lower court order which said that Michel could be extradited, he was kept under detention at the police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

India officially made the request to the Gulf nation sometime back for his extradition, based on the criminal investigations conducted in the case by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The ED, in its chargesheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland.

The money was nothing but ‘kickbacks’ paid by the firm to execute the 12 helicopter deal in favour of the firm in ‘guise of’ genuine transactions for performing multiple work contracts in the country, according to the chargesheet.
Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the ED and the CBI. Both the agencies have notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
04/12/18 News18.com

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