British High Commission gets Consular access to AgustaWestland ‘middleman’ Christian Michel
New Delhi: The British High Commission in India gets consular access to Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case.
Alleged middleman Christian Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, moved a Delhi court on Thursday seeking permission to make calls to his family members and his lawyers abroad.
Michel arrested by the ED
Michel, lodged in Tihar central jail here, moved an application through his advocate before special judge Arvind Kumar, who directed the jail authorities to file a response to the plea by Monday.
Michel, who was extradited from Dubai, was arrested by the ED on December 22.
Court imposed restrictions on Michel meeting
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, asking them how to tackle questions on “Mrs Gandhi”.
ED’s counsels, D P Singh and N K Matta, had also claimed that during questioning, he had spoken about the “son of an Italian lady” and how he was going to become the next prime minister of the country.
“We also need to decipher who the ‘big man’ referred to as ‘R’ is in the communications between Michel and other people,” the ED had told the court.
CBI case related to the scam
Later, he was sent to judicial custody in the case on January 5. He is also lodged in judicial custody in the CBI case related to the scam.
Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.
Charge sheet filed against Michel
The ED, in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he had received 30 million euros (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland.
The CBI, in its charge sheet, has alleged an estimated loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth 556.262 million euros.