The ED, which is probing the role of the Delhi-based lawyer in two money laundering cases, including in the high-profile VVIP choppers case, has said he has been a beneficiary of Rs 850 crore slush funds generated out of defence deals.
The ED urged the court to issue a notice to a news organisation asking it to explain how it accessed the documents, whereas Michel supported the demand of a probe while accusing the agency of politicising the matter.
A bench of Justice Pratibha M Singh, however, agreed to examine whether arbitral proceedings in the case ought to be terminated, owing to the nature of allegations raised, including corruption and fraud.
Agusta had invoked the arbitration process after the government cancelled the scam-tainted helicopter deal in 2014. The company contends that the Defence Ministry cannot unilaterally freeze payments in the Rs 3,600-crore deal.
Christian Michel James, a key accused in the VVIP chopper deal case, may soon be extradited to India from UAE. He was allegedly hired by AugustaWestland to influence top officials in IAF and the then UPA government to help secure the Rs 3,600 crore deal for the company.