CBI officials said Michel was being questioned in detail about his ties with the former CEO and president of AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica, his visits to India, the people he met and his contacts in Delhi and Mumbai.
Michel was among the alleged middlemen who had brokered the deal and who, investigators claim, paid bribes to officials and politicians to swing the contract in favour of AgustaWestland, the British arm of Italian firm Finmeccanica.
Announcing the G-20 summit, Modi thanked Italy for allowing India to play the host. Italy was to host the international forum of the world’s top 20 economies in 2022. The 14th edition will be held in Japan while Saudi Arabia will host the 15th.
The demand for a Kartarpur corridor is nearly 20 years old. It was first officially raised by PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in February 1999 during the historic Lahore bus yatra.
Pakistan had invited External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend Wednesday’s event. But with prior commitments on her table, Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri will attend the ceremony.
New Delhi welcomed the US move, and said, "We welcome the statement issued today by the United States calling on Pakistan to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists..."
Maldives envoy Ahmed Mohamed, who was appointed by former President Abdullah Yameen and is considered to be close to him, gave up his position Monday. The move comes days after the new government led by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took charge.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday welcomed the building of the Kartarpur corridor, that’s proposed to link India’s border district of Gurdaspur with the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur on the Pakistani side.
Consider negotiation of a broader Strategic Partnership Agreement, intensify dialogue on Afghanistan and Central Asia, strengthen technical cooperation on fighting terrorism are some of the key proposed actions in the European Union strategy on India
Modi, who was seated between former Maldives presidents Mohamed Nasheed and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, met Solih and hugged him after the new President was sworn in. This was the first time that Modi had attended the swearing-in of any foreign leader.