AgustaWestland Scam: Middleman Christian James Michel Being Extradited to India, to Arrive Later Tonight

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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.

New Delhi:

Christian James Michel, the alleged British middleman wanted by investigative agencies in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, will be extradited to India tonight, sources told CNN-News18.


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).


As per the Indian government’s request, he will be extradited later on Tuesday and is expected to reach New Delhi late in the night.





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.


The ED investigation found that remittances made by Michel through his Dubai-based firm Global Services to a media firm he floated in Delhi, along with two Indians, were made from the funds which he got from AgustaWestland through ‘criminal activity’ and corruption being done in the chopper deal that led to the subsequent generation of proceeds of crime.














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