New Delhi: A special court in Delhi on Saturday dismissed the interim bail application of alleged middleman Christian Michel in the VVIP Chopper case.
"Thus considering the overall facts and circumstances, serious nature of accusations, gravity of offence, crucial stage of Investigation and aforesaid conduct of the accused, I do not consider it to be a fit case for grant of bail. Application for bail filed by accused is, thus, dismissed," according to the order.
Special judge Arvind Kumar rejected Michel's applications in cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), saying there was no sufficient ground to grant relief.
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 allegedly organized bribes to push a ₹3,600-crore contract for 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.