Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal extradited by Dubai, has been sent to five-day custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation by a court in Delhi. The CBI, which produced Michel in court, after questioning him all night after his arrival in Delhi on a special flight, wanted his custody for two weeks. The government is investigating charges that Michel, a British national, organized bribes to push a Rs. 3,600-crore contract for VVIP helicopters to be purchased for top Indian leaders. His extradition came through on a day Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj held discussions with her UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi.
Former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi- refused to comment on the development and instead lashed out at the media for confronting him. Tyagi said, “Who are you to ask me such a question? You can’t disturb me like this. Please be respectful while asking such questions.”
Mr.Tyagi along with his brother was granted bail on September 12 in the AgustaWestland case. Besides the Tyagis, the court had also granted bail to another accused on the same day. The court had granted them bail on a bond of Rs. 1 lakh each and the same amount as surety.
Christian Michel is one of the three middlemen being investigated over charges of organizing bribes to push the VVIP chopper deal with decision-makers in India.
The Agusta Westland chopper case involves a 3,600-crore contract for the purchase of 12 luxury helicopters to be used by top Indian leaders like the President, Prime Minister and other VIPs.