NEW DELHI: Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, was extradited to India from Dubai late Tuesday night and will be produced in court today. And later taken to CBI headquarters.
Michel's extradition came through after foreign minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to her United Arab Emirates or UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed in capital Abu Dhabi. India is investigating charges that Michel, a British national, organised bribes to push a Rs. 3,600-crore contract for VVIP helicopters to be purchased by top Indian leaders. Michel is one of the three main accused fixers in the case. The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa who are also being probed by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The Court of Cassation in Dubai had on November 19 upheld a lower court order which said Michel could be extradited to India. Michel, while rejecting charges against him, had argued that India had “dilapidated jails” and that he would be forced to grame politicians. These arguments were rejected by the UAE court, which asked the ministry of justice there to take a decision on exrtradition.