AgustaWestland Scam: Delhi High Court Grants Consular Access To Christian Michel

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| January 11 , 2019 , 14:01 IST

The UK had requested for consular access to Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal signed and scrapped by the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Delhi High Court granted the permission to British High Commission in India for consular access to Christian Michel, who was brought to Delhi from the United Arab Emirates on December 4.

The British High Commission said in a statement “Our staff are supporting a British man who is detained in India, and have visited him to check his welfare.”

The court had earlier imposed restrictions on Michel meeting his lawyers while he was in ED custody after the agency had said he was misusing legal access by passing chits to the advocates.

The deal has now turned into the subject of a political fight between the opposition party and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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According to the charge sheet, the money was nothing but “kickbacks” paid by the firm to execute the 12 helicopter deal in favour of the firm in the “guise of” genuine transactions for performing multiple work contracts in the country.

British middleman Christian Michel, who was allegedly involved in the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper deal scam, has taken the name of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and also revealed that he was in touch with her.