New Delhi: Christiam Michel James, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, on Friday moved an application before the Delhi’s Patiala House Court seeking a special cell in Tihar Jail.
The court had on Wednesday sent Michel to judicial custody till December 28. Earlier that day, the court reserved for December 22 its order on a bail plea of Michel.
The counsel for 57-year-old British national told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that he was not required for custodial interrogation and no purpose will be served by keeping him in further custody.
Michel 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.
Both the agencies notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
The CBI opposed the bail application, saying Michel might flee as he had already tried to escape from Dubai just before his extradition.
The probe agency said that Michel was an influential person having links with people from the ministry and other bureaucrats and politicians, many of who are its witnesses in the case.
The CBI has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.
The ED, in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland.