New Delhi [India], Dec 4 (ANI): In a major success for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal, was extradited to India from Dubai on Tuesday, top officials confirmed here.Also Read - Jacqueline Fernandez Received Expensive Gifts Like Rs 50 Lakh Horse, Rs 9 Lakh Cat as Gifts From Conman Sukesh - Report
Sources told ANI that Michel is being brought to India and will be landing tonight. Also Read - Which City is The Best to Live For Expats in 2021? Check Top 10 List Here
The extradition, which took place days after a Dubai court rejected his plea against the move, marks a major success for the Prime Minister and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who had been pushing for his extradition, the sources added. Also Read - Highlights India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Match : IND Win By 73 Runs, NZ Whitewashed 3-0
The Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VIP helicopter deal, finalised during the previous government of Manmohan Singh, had got mired in allegations of kickbacks. The 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. (ANI)
This is published unedited from the ANI feed.