New Delhi: The Patiala House Court on Wednesday reserved its order on Rs 3,600 crore AugustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case ‘middleman’ Christian Michel’s bail plea till February 16.
This comes a day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) strongly opposed Michel’s bail plea before a Delhi court, saying that he may abscond from India, if released.
CBI had said that Michel, a British national, had no roots in India and there is “every likelihood that if he is granted bail, he may abscond from India, evading the process of law and may not return to face the trial.”
“The apprehensions of CBI about his absconding from the process of law gets support from his past conduct. Keeping in mind the facts and circumstances, there also exists a security threat for the applicant accused, if enlarged on bail,” CBI said while seeking dismissal of his bail plea.
According to a PTI report, CBI and the ED, in their separate replies also told special judge Arvind Kumar, that Christian Michel is accused of serious economic offences and there is ample evidence against him to prove his guilt.
On the sidelines, Christian Michel was granted permission on Tuesday to meet his Italian lawyer-friend Santrolli Rosemary Patrizi Dos Anjos.
Special judge Arvind Kumar had allowed Rosemary to meet Michel in Delhi’s Tihar Jail as a “general visitor” for half an hour from Monday to Friday.
The ED had opposed Michel’s plea seeking permission to meet Rosemary as well.
Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal case, was extradited from the UAE on December 4 last year. He is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the ED and the CBI. The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.
With PTI inputs