New Delhi: Hours after a Dubai court ordered ruled that British national and middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper case Christian Michel will be extradited to India, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that it has received no formal confirmation or communication from the UAE regarding his extradition.
The MEA also said that as per the law, the accused has the right to make an appeal. “As per the law, the accused has right to appeal. It’s a matter of UAE, no formal communication or confirmation has come from UAE,” MEA sources said. If Christian Michel challenges the ruling, it could delay his extradition to India.
“As per rules, the final call is always taken by the foreign office of a particular country. In case of UAE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) decides the fate of an accused against whom the court has given an extradition order,” the MEA sources further said, news agency ANI reported.
A Dubai court had on Tuesday ordered the extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper case. The ruling came after India in January this year officially requested the UAE to extradite Michel based on the investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
In January, the ED had lodged a request with the UAE authorities for extraditing Christian Michel. Apart from filing chargesheets in bribery cases in the Indian courts, both the ED and the CBI had also filed non-bailable warrants against the British national. Last year, a red corner notice was also issued against him.
Christian is accused of organising bribes in exchange for VVIP choppers contract. In the chargesheets, the investigation agencies said that Michel had allegedly received Rs 235 crore to ensure that the contract went to AgustaWestland. Earlier this month, Patiala High Court had granted bail to former Air Force chief SP Tyagi and his cousins in case.