New Delhi: A Delhi court will give its verdict on December 22 on bail plea of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman charge-sheeted and arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case. The 57-year-old British national told the court that he was not required for custodial interrogation and no purpose will be served by keeping his further custody. Michel was in CBI custody for 15 days.Also Read - Former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana Appointed Commissioner of Delhi Police
He was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4. The next day, he was produced in the court, which allowed his five-day custodial interrogation by the CBI which was later extended by five more days. Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. Also Read - Fire in CBI Building at CGO Complex in Delhi, Blaze Under Control
On Friday, Michel, who was arrested in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal case, moved a Delhi court seeking to be lodged in a separate cell in Tihar Jail. The application, filed through advocate Aljo K Joseph and Vishnu Shankar, sought a direction to the “Superintendent of Tihar Jail to allocate a separate cell to accused Christian James Michel”. Also Read - CBI Releases Official Statement on Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case, Read on
Alleging that Michel was being given a tough time, Joseph had on the previous occasion said, “The CBI had questioned him five times in Dubai and for 15 days in Delhi. He is suffering from dyslexia and he has been asked to write in cursive writing.”
Michel’s counsel Joseph was expelled from the Indian Youth Congress and removed from the post of Youth Congress’ legal wing national in-charge.
For the uninitiated, Michel has been sent to judicial custody till December 28 by a Delhi Court. Earlier, the CBI had opposed Michel bail plea, saying that wide reach and influence could hamper the evidence collected against him. The investigative agency added, “He was making efforts to run away from Dubai just before his extradition.”