AgustaWestland case: Christian Michel named Mrs Gandhi, ED tells court

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday informed Delhi’s Patiala House court that Christian Michel, alleged middleman charge-sheeted and arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, has named Mrs Gandhi while in custody.

ED also told the court that Christian Michel spoke about, “the son of the Italian lady” and how he is going to become the “next prime minister of the country.”

ED also said that we need to decipher who the “big man” referred to as “R” is in the communication between Christian Michel and other people. We need to confront Michel with other people to decipher who “the big man” or “R” is.

Delhi’s Patiala House Court has allowed Christian Michel’s seven-day ED remand.

Michel was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4. He was arrested for money laundering charges in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.

Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

CBI has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million to the exchequer in the deal that was signed in February 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million. 

The ED, in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million from AgustaWestland.