VVIP chopper scam: In a big win for Indian security agencies and Modi government, James Christian Michel, one of the key accused in AgustaWestland scam case is set to be extradited to India tonight, various media reports have confirmed.
VVIP chopper scam: In a big win for Indian security agencies and Modi government, James Christian Michel, one of the key accused in AgustaWestland scam case is set to be extradited to India tonight, news agency ANI has confirmed citing Khaleej Times report. Michel is accused of money laundering, commercial fraud and bribery in the case. On November 19th, the highest court in Dubai had approved India’s request for Michel’s extradition, earlier today, the UAE government also gave its nod to for the same. The Khaleej Times report said that Michel, 54, was taken to the Dubai International Airport on Tuesday, where he would take a flight to India.
The procedure to extradite a wanted accused from foreign land takes place in coordination with the Interpol and the Criminal Investigation Department. A well-known British consultant, Michel was allegedly hired by AgustaWestland to convince top officials in IAF to secure Rs 3,600 crore deal from India.
He is one of the three key accused middlemen in the case with others being Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. In India, the case is being investigated by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
In its charge sheet filed in June 2016, the ED had accused James Christian Michel of receiving EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland. The probe further revealed that remittances made by Michel through his Dubai-based firm Global Services to a media firm he floated in Delhi were made from the funds which he got from AgustaWestland.