AgustaWestland chopper deal ‘middleman’ Christian Michel extradited to India

Christian James Michel

New Delhi, Dec 4 ;  British national Christian Michel James, a key accused in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, is being extradited by UAE authorities to India. Michel, who was kept under detention in Dubai landed in New Delhi on Tuesday night.

“Wanted fugitive criminal Christian Michel James who has been avoiding criminal proceedings in India in AgustaWestland Case is being extradited by UAE Authorities to India,” the CBI said in a statement.
Supreme Court of Dubai passed an order to extradite AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal middleman Christian Michel to India

The investigating agency also said the entire operation is being coordinated by interim CBI director M Nageswara Rao under the guidance of Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor. A team led by A. Sai Manohar, CBI Joint Director, has been sent to Dubai for the purpose,” it added.

Investigators claimed that 54-year-old Michel paid bribes to officials and politicians to swing the contract in favour of AgustaWestland, the British arm of Italian firm Finmeccanica.

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