File photo: Christian Michel is an accused in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper scam. Photograph:( Reuters )
The extradition of Michel is being considered a shot in the arm for Modi Govt just before the elections in states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and general elections of 2019.
A day after Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in Rs 3600 cr Agusta Westland chopper scam was extradited to India, it was a day of many developments from the courts, to CBI headquarters to the poll-bound state of Rajasthan.
Lashing out at Congress in the poll-bound state of Rajasthan Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Dausa said, "We've caught a 'raazdaar' of chopper scam and brought him here. The entire family(Gandhi family) is now scared of the things which will be revealed. They are scared as to whose name will he take if he opens his mouth".
In another rally at Sumerpur, launching a scathing attack on Congress, PM Modi said; "Helicopter kaand ke raazdar aur dalal ko sarkar Dubai se pakad ke layi hai. Ab raazdar raaz kholega, pata nahi baat kahan tak jayegi, kitni duur tak jayegi" (Govt has got the man who gave bribes in Agusta Westland chopper scam from Dubai. If he opens his mouth, he can speak a lot and this might go very far.)
The extradition of Michel is being considered a shot in the arm for Modi Govt just before the elections in states like Telangana, Rajasthan and general elections of 2019.
Meanwhile, in Delhi's Patiala house court, a CBI Special Court sent Michel to 5-day CBI custody and has allowed his counsel one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening for consultancy. Michel has also sought bail hearing which the court will hear in next hearing.
The British high commission has also reacted to the development. Remember Michel is a British national who has been extradited from a 3rd country, that is UAE.
The British High Commission spokesperson said, "Our staff continue to support the family of a British man following his detention in UAE. We're in contact with his family and Emirati authorities regarding his case and are urgently seeking info from Indian authorities on his circumstances.”
Government sources have said India is willing to provide consular access to UK High Commission for Christian Michel and due process will be followed.
India has sent extradition request last year to UAE and after a lengthy legal battle in UAE's courts, he was extradited on 4th December to India.
Meanwhile, it seems Michel's extradition has sent messages to many including Vijay Mallya in London who tweeted, "I have offered to repay 100 % of the Principal amount to them( banks). Please take it."
A London court will announce the judgement on extradition of Vijay Mallya on 10th December.