AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper Deal Case: British High Commission Gets Consular Access to Christian Michel
File Image of Christian Michel. | Image Courtesy: ANI
New Delhi, January 11: The British High Commission in India on Friday got the consular access to Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case. The letter for consular access was sent by the British Commission to Union government last evening.
Stating the details of consular access of the British national, the High Commission said, “Our staff are supporting a British man who is detained in India, and have visited him to check his welfare.” Though not much has been revealed about the minutes of consular access as of yet, but it is a sigh of relief who reportedly complained of being allegedly hounded by the Indian investigative agencies. AgustaWestland Scam: Delhi High Court Agrees to Hear MoD on Arbitration Proceedings; Next Hearing on February 28.
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his attack on Congress over the ongoing Rafale issue, had alleged middleman Christian Michel as close to the Congress' first family. In his attack, he also accused the UPA-regime of being the period of corruption in defence-related deals.
The Delhi Court on Wednesday, while hearing the AgustaWestland case, scheduled the next date for February 28. In the hearing, the court agreed to hear Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the arbitration proceedings going on between Agusta Westland and the MoD. The bench gave five-weeks-time to both the parties to file their affidavits.
On December 29, 2018, hearing, the Enforcement Directorate told the Patiala House Court that alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, Christian James Michel, had named senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. However, the central probing agency denied to state the reference to the court. The probing agency in its reply told the court that Michel has identified how HAL was removed from the deal and Tata was offered the deal.