AgustaWestland case: Court extends Christian Michel's CBI custody by 4 days

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 15, 2018, 03:50 PM(IST)

File photo: Christian Michel. Photograph:( ANI )

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The next hearing in the court for Michel's bail plea is scheduled for December 19.

The Patiala House Court on Saturday extended the CBI custody of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland case, by four days. 

The next hearing in the case is is scheduled for December 19.

The court meanwhile rejected the plea of Michel's lawyer Rosemary Patrizi demanding a meeting with Michel. However, allowed Patrizi to talk to Michel for ten minutes.

The investigating bureau had sought for an extension in the remand of Michael by five days.

The probe agency also told the judge he needs to be confronted with various documents in the case.

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Michel was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4. 

The next day, he was produced before the court which allowed his five-day custodial interrogation by the CBI which was later extended to five more days.

Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the ED and the CBI. Both the agencies notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him. 

The CBI has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland.

(With inputs from agencies)

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