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AgustaWestland deal: Now, UK finds flaws in India’s request for extradition of ‘middleman’

Flagging the flaws, London has sent a list of queries back to India.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary , Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2016 4:14 pm
agustawestland, chopper scam, VVIP chopper scam, Christian Michel, vijay mallya, agustawestland middlemen, uk denies mallya deportation, mallya deportation Flagging the flaws, London has sent a list of queries back to India. One of these is that the extradition request does not mention the exact location of Michel in the UK, sources said. (Picture used for representational purpose)

After refusing to deport liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the United Kingdom has now found deficiencies in India’s request seeking extradition of British citizen and alleged middleman in the VVIP chopper deal, Christian Michel.

Flagging the flaws, London has sent a list of queries back to India. One of these is that the extradition request does not mention the exact location of Michel in the UK, sources said.

While the request does mention Michel’s address in that country, it is not sure of his location. In fact, while CBI sources say he is in the UK, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has maintained that he is in the UAE. Both agencies have got a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him. While the CBI had asked authorities in the UK to make a “provisional arrest”, the ED had sent an extradition request in January.

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“The UK has raised certain queries with regard to Michel’s extradition request. These have been forwarded to the ED. We are now waiting for the ED’s reply on them,” a Ministry of External Affairs source said.

Elaborating on the queries, an ED source said there were other issues, too, regarding differences in law in the two countries and the way evidence is appreciated. “These things are being discussed,” he said.

According to the CBI and the ED, Michel is among the key accused in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal case. The probe by the two agencies has pointed out that Michel’s companies received around Euro 42 million to facilitate the deal, of which a large part was distributed as bribes.

The ED believes that the legitimate part of the offset money earmarked for another alleged middleman, Guido Haschke, by AgustaWestland went to IDS India, which was not part of the middlemen maze. The bribe money was allegedly sent to IDS Tunisia, which subsequently sent it to IDS Mauritius. It was IDS Mauritius that allegedly paid bribes to the Tyagi brothers. The ED is now hoping it would get a chance to interrogate Michel to pinpoint who he paid bribes to.

ED sources said the agency would now try to confirm his location in Dubai independently and get in touch with the UAE in due course. Both agencies have already rejected suggestions by Michel that he be examined remotely. The agencies want Michel to join the probe in India.

Indian agencies have always found it difficult to get fugitives extradited from the UK. Despite attempts, the CBI has not been able to get naval war room leak case accused Ravi Shankaran from the UK. Its request was rejected by a UK court in April 2014.

The agency, on a request from the Mumbai Police, had unsuccessfully tried to get underworld don Iqbal Mirchi extradited from the UK way back in 1995. Similarly, India could never get musician Nadeem from there through the extradition route in connection with the Gulshan Kumar murder case. The latest is the case of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, who fled the country in 2010 and has been in the UK ever since.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    May 13, 2016 at 6:23 am
    These are legal matters and UK wants to clarify. TOI mischief is evident in the headlines. Finds flaws? So somebody asks for clarifications, the request is flawed?? This is deliberate wrong reporting. Many times TOI gives concocted, distorted and half truths......this is one of them. TOI credibility is 5%
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      Malik Aziz
      May 13, 2016 at 10:06 pm
      The world only sympathizes with the strong and powerful. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India can demand all its wants, but until it can back up its demands with economic muscle-power, it will simply not command the attention and obedience of the countries it needs things from. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Consider how the UK would be bending over backwards if China demanded it deport one of its own citizens back to China. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Indian government has naively mistaken "friendly" overtures driven by economic self-interest on the part of countries like the UK as a token of respect for its laws.
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        Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
        May 13, 2016 at 11:04 am
        Is there any end to these LOOTING and SCAMMING by the CONGIES,---Sonia the bar dancer,---CHANDY the converter,---Antony the lungi man,---all converts and DISSENDANTS of the invaded VETICANS of looters and genocide.
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        1. Genocide-1984 by
          May 13, 2016 at 5:02 am
          Are you guys sure you went to school? UK has sent a QUERY.. that is not finding fault.. that is a clarification you s.
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          1. Anil Bharali
            May 14, 2016 at 1:00 am
            Now the recent version of UK Government on extradition of Vijoy Mallia and Augsta westland ( Anglo Italian company) case it well establishes that Imperialist British system is inherently enmeshed sophistication with covert criminality and corruption in the world history since time immemorial
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