The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to seek an extension for holding the alleged middleman Christian Michel in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, as his five-day CBI custody ends today.
Michel, who was extradited to India from Dubai last week, will be produced before a Delhi Court on Monday (December 10).
Michel has been accused of influencing politicians, officials and journalists using monetary incentives to procure 12 VVIP helicopters, which were meant to ferry the Indian Prime Minister, the President and other important personalities.
The deal, which was signed in 2007, was scrapped in 2013 following the bribery allegations.
Michel’s lawyer has alleged that his extradition is ‘politically motivated’. “He is innocent and we will soon challenge this through a legal aid in India,” she had said earlier.
Prominent individuals including former Indian Air Force Chief SP Tyagi, advocate Gautam Khaitan, the then IAF Vice Chief JS Gujral and Tyagi’s brother Sanjeev have also been named in the case.
News credit : Indiatoday