VVIP Chopper deal: CBI to send request to UAE seeking extradition of Christian Michel

Embattled middleman in the VVIP helicopter probe case Michel had on August 25 written to CBI that he was willing to meet with Indian investigators in Dubai.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2016 7:50 pm
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The Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) on Friday said it will send a request to UAE seeking extradition of Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in the VVIP Chopper deal. India had approached the British government for extradition of Michel in April. He had allegedly played a key role in swinging the Rs 3,727-crore deal for AgustaWestland to supply 12 VVIP choppers to India in 2010. He is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, apart from Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI.

Embattled middleman in the VVIP helicopter probe case Michel had on August 25 written to CBI that he was willing to meet with Indian investigators in Dubai and had sought the withdrawal of Interpol Red Corner Notice against him in case the meeting takes place.

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Also, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the VVIP chopper deal, had in June told a special court in Delhi that Michel allegedly received 30 million euros as kickbacks and sent cash packets to various people through his driver and regularly met Indian individuals, including cousins of former IAF chief S P Tyagi, while brokering the deal.

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Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology Ravishankar Prasad had said that everything will be done to ensure that the guilty are brought to book… it is going to the doors of Congress bigwigs.