Special Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant the relief to Gupta whose judicial custody expires on Saturday and an order is yet to be passed on it. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
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.
Michel’s advocate Aljo K Joseph told the court: “He was asked by the investigating agency to give possible initialsfor people and that is all he did. He never named anybody in his statement before the agency, which is being leaked to the media.”
From the first raids at middlemen Guido Haschke’s offices to his connections in India and from Christian Michel’s role to taped conversations that named ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’, these are among the key reports that prompted a probe that led to the cancellation of the deal in 2014.
It was a series of investigative reports by Pubby in The Indian Express in 2012-13 that first brought the alleged irregularities in the AgustaWestland deal into the public domain. These prompted a probe that led to the cancellation in 2014.
This week we look at how UP got to a place where mob violence that spiralled out of
control got a police officer killed, why the extradition of Christian Michel is a political hot potato &
how a WhatsApp video ruined a woman’s life in Kerela.
Manu Pubby explains his latest exclusive story for The Indian Express on the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper deal. On February, 2014, The Indian Express published a report by him showing how a note that Italian prosecutors produced in court to show the vital role played by middleman Christian Michel in fixing the VVIP chopper deal, has the British 'consultant' telling top AgustaWestland officials to 'target' the closest advisers for UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the contract.