Christian Michel ( Photo: AP)
Christian Michel ( Photo: AP)

Augusta Westland case: Christian Michel’s interim bail plea dismissed

  • The AgustaWestland case refers to a deal for 12 luxury choppers for use by the President, Prime Minister and other VIPs when the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government was in power
  • Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation

NEW DELHI : Christian Michel’s interim bail plea dismissed by Rouse Avenue Court Complex. He had applied for interim bail to celebrate Easter and the Holy week. Christian Michel the alleged middleman in the 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case had moved the Rouse Avenue Delhi court seeking interim bail to celebrate the holy week and to celebrate Easter ‪on April 21.‬ He wished to attend the holy mass on the Easter day and wanted to make offerings during these holidays. ED opposed the plea on the basis of him being an offender of grave economic offence and reasonable apprehension of him evading the law.

“The applicant was in custody during the extradition proceedings at Dubai about 5 months and he was bought to India on 4/12/2019. Since then till date he is in custody... It is submitted that normally the applicant would be celebrating Christmas /New Year and Easter with his Family. It is further submitted that the applicant/ was in custody for more 9 months now and which affected his health. It is informed that he lost more than 7 kg during last 4 weeks. It is informed that he would like to go for general medical checkup to be done in a Hospital." his plea read.

Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.

The AgustaWestland case refers to a deal for 12 luxury choppers for use by the President, Prime Minister and other VIPs when the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government was in power. India is investigating charges that Christian Michel organized bribes to push a 3,600-crore contract for the helicopters. Before Michel emerged as a key player in the AgustaWestland deal, he had served as a “historic consultant" to AgustaWestland and Westland Helicopters in the UK. He had made use of his technical and operational knowledge of the aircraft, and the military bases and the pilots, to land the job.

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