AgustaWestland deal ‘middleman’ Christian Michel brought to India after extradition

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Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday midnight after being extradited to India from Dubai.

He was taken to the CBI headquarters, where he was questioned through the night.

Michel is likely to be produced before court on Wednesday.

While extraditing Michel from UAE, CBI had given a statement on Tuesday, “Wanted fugitive criminal Christian Michel James who has been avoiding criminal proceedings in India in AgustaWestland Case is being extradited by UAE Authorities to India. Under the guidance of 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.”

CBI said, Wolfgang Max Richard Michel, father of Christian, was also a consultant of AgustaWestland, UK for the Indian territory in 1980s, had reportedly acted as a mediator in other countries too.

“Wolfgang Michel promoted three companies UCM International Trading Limited, Entera Corporation and Ferro-Imports Limited. Between 1987 and 1996, Entera Corporation reportedly earned more than two million pounds from India,” CBI added.

The AgustaWestland case involves the VIP helicopter deal when Manmohan Singh’s Congress-led coalition was in power.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has accused Michel of receiving 30 million Euros from AgustaWestland as kickbacks. 

Extradition proceedings were held before UAE Court against Christian Michel on the extradition request of CBI. In November, the Court of Dubai upheld the lower court decision for possibility of extraditing Christian to Indian authorities.