New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI’s) Special Court has sent alleged middleman Christian Michel who is involved in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case to five days of remand. However, it has agreed to give British High Commission access to Michel. Also Read - Delhi Oxygen Crisis: Supreme Court asks Centre for a Plan by 10:30 am Today, Stays HC's Contempt Proceedings
The CBI said, “We have already been approached by British counsellors. We have allowed their plea of keeping their own counsel.” Meanwhile, the CBI has sought application for seeking specimen of handwriting and signature and the Special CBI Court has asked Michel’s counsel to file a reply. The court will hear this application on Tuesday, December 11. Also Read - You Can Put Your Head in Sand Like an Ostrich, We Won't: Delhi HC Slams Centre for Failing to Supply Oxygen
Although the CBI wanted Michel’s counsel to visit only once a day, the Special Court has fixed 30 minutes time, both in morning and evening every day. Also Read - Learn From Present Experience And Set up Oxygen Plants: Delhi HC to Hospitals Amid O2 Crisis
Earlier today, the CBI accused Michel of not cooperating and said that the middleman is evasive in giving answers during interrogation and had sought 9 days remand of Michel for his custodial interrogation.
Michel who had applied for a bail plea withdrew his older plea and has filed for a fresh detailed bail application.
Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal, was extradited to India from Dubai last week. He was produced in Delhi’s Patiala House court today. Michel’s lawyer has already alleged that his extradition is ‘politically motivated’. “He is innocent and we will soon challenge this through a legal aid in India,” she had said earlier.
Michel is being probed for having paid kickbacks worth over Rs 400 crore to Indian decision makers in the AgustaWestland scam– which involves allegations of bribery in the procurement of 12 VVIP helicopters, meant to ferry Indian Prime Minister, President and other important personalities.