The Enforcement Directorate registered a renewed chargesheet against Christian Michel, a British national and two other middlemen in connection with the AgustaWestland chopper scam in its ongoing money laundering probe in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal to supply 12 VVIP choppers in 2010. The deal was scrapped by the previous UPA government in 2014.
James has been charged by the central agency, under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for his role as a middleman for this deal by Finmeccanica, a group firm of AgustaWestland.
Investigators said that James reportedly received around Rs 225 crore from AgustaWestland in kickbacks paid by the firm to execute the deal for 12 helicopters in its favour in the “guise of” transactions for performing multiple work contracts in the country.
Apart from Michel, the agency has named Ms Media Exim Private Limited and its directors, R K Nanda and J B Subramaniyam in the charge sheet. The firm was created by Michel along with the two individuals.
ED and CBI had also issued Letters Rogatory (judicial requests) to multiple countries to gather more leads and evidences in this case.
The agency further added investigations in the case are “in progress” and some charge sheets cannot be ruled.