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Court Sends Middleman Michel To Five Day CBI Remand

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| December 5 , 2018 , 17:04 IST

A special CBI court on Wednesday remanded alleged middleman Christian Michel to five-day CBI custodial interrogation. The investigation agency had sought for his remand to "confront him with some important documents" in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.  

Christian James Michel, the alleged European middleman in UPA-era Agusta Westland chopper scam, arrived in India under the guidance of National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval on Tuesday night.

He was taken to the CBI headquarters, where he was questioned through the night. He was produced to a court earlier this morning.

In August 26, UAE had asked a court on the possibility of extraditing a British national to a third country. The court said a few days later that extradition is possible.

In November, a court confirmed the order, clearing the way for Michel's extradition to India. On Monday, the Dubai government passed an administrative order to enable Michel's extradition.

Michel was among the alleged middlemen who had brokered the deal and who, investigators claim, paid bribes to officials and politicians to swing the contract in favour of AgustaWestland, the British arm of Italian firm Finmeccanica.

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The agency added Michel while acting as a middleman in the deal procured confidential documents and secret information from the defence ministry and the Indian Air Force and used to Agusta executives through one of his associates in Mumbai.

The documents sent by him included evaluation report of S-92 chopper and the contents of a technical committee report of the Indian Air Force prepared in February 2007.

He also had information about the movement of files of the deal in the ministry of defence and details of the cabinet committee on security deliberations.