AgustaWestland chopper scam: ED to question middleman Christian Michel inside Tihar JailPage Visited: 21
The ED will question Christian Michel accused in the AgustaWestland chopper deal scam. The questioning will take place on Monday (May 25) and Tuesday inside the Tihar jail as per a Delhi court order.
Christian Michel is a British arms dealer and middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal. (Photo: Reuters)
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will question AgustaWestland chopper deal scam accused Christian Michel in connection with a money laundering case lodged against him. The questioning will take place on Monday (May 25) and Tuesday inside the Tihar jail as per a Delhi court order.
Sources told India Today TV that the probe agency recently unearthed fresh evidence in the case, following which an application was moved before the court for permission to question middleman Christian Michel.
“Considering the requirement of the investigation and the sensitive nature of the case, the court finds it appropriate to allow investigative officers to interrogate the accused in Tihar Jail itself, wherein the accused is presently lodged, being in judicial custody in this case,” read the order copy.
Three ED officers have been allowed to question Christian Michel James in the presence of Tihar Jail Superintendent from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm and from 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm.
Christian Michel has been allowed to take legal assistance and advice from his lawyer from 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm on both days.
Christian Michel, a British arms dealer and middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal, was arrested in the UAE and then extradited to India in December 2018.
According to the ED, investigation in the AgustaWestland case revealed that kickbacks from AgustaWestland amounting to Euro 70 million were routed through middlemen. Of the total amount, Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke received Euro 28 million and Christian Michel James received Euro 42 million to influence the contract for the supply of 12 VVIP Helicopters.
Several defence officials, bureaucrats and politicians from then UPA government are under the ED probe for receiving kickbacks in exchange of approving the VVIP chopper deals.