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VVIP chopper scam: Middleman Christian Michel being extradited to India
Posted on: 05-12-2018 , 08:28:AM | DY365 Bureau

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December 5, 2018: Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, is being extradited to India from the UAE, official sources said on Tuesday night. 

Michel, a British national, is wanted in India in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scam. 

The Court of Cassation had in November upheld a lower court order which said that Michel could be extradited. 

Confirming the extradition of Christian Michel, CBI issued a statement which read: "Wanted fugitive criminal Christian Michel James who has been avoiding criminal proceedings in India AgustaWestland Case is being extradited by UAE Authorities to India. Under the guidance of Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor (NSA), the entire operation is being coordinated by incharge director/CBI M Nageswara Rao. A team lead by A Sai Manohar, joint director/CBI has been to Dubai for the purpose." 

India officially made the request to the Gulf nation in 2017 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 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. 
 
 
 

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