AgustaWestland case: Christian Michel moves Delhi court for special cell in Tihar jail

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 21, 2018, 03.26 PM(IST)

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Michel arrived in New Delhi on December 5 after being extradited to India from Dubai. He was later sent to Central Bureau of Investigation custody.

The alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, Christian Michel, on Friday moved an application in the Patiala House Court seeking a special cell in the Tihar Jail.

The development comes after Michel was sent to judicial custody till December 28 by a Delhi court on Wednesday.

Michel arrived in New Delhi on December 5 after being extradited to India from Dubai. He was later sent to Central Bureau of Investigation custody.

The AgustaWestland chopper deal, finalised during the previous Manmohan Singh-led UPA government, was mired in allegations of kickbacks. 

54-year-old Michel is an accused in the case along with some others, including former Air Chief SP Tyagi.

According to the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet filed in a court here two years back, Michel had received kickbacks to the tune of 30 million Euros from AgustaWestland for the deal involving a purchase of 12 VIP helicopters. 

The deal, signed in 2007, was scrapped in 2013 following the bribery allegations.