The CBI had filed its first chargesheet in the AgustaWestland scam in September 2017, in which it alleged that Christian Michel through his companies had received 42.27 million euros for the objective of payment for service and consultancy contracts in 2010-11.
NEW DELHI: The alleged British middleman in a scandal-hit helicopter deal between India and an Anglo-Italian firm was due to appear in a Delhi court on Wednesday after being extradited by the UAE, authorities said.
Michel will be taken to CBI Head Quarters from Delhi Airport and in the in the evening produced before the Judge in Patiala House Court for further custody, said a senior CBI official. He would be brought to India late tonight and would be produced before a special CBI court in New Delhi to face criminal proceedings in the case.
The Dubai Court of Cassation had earlier dismissed the two objections filed by Michel's lawyers and upheld the appellate court's decision to consider the possibility of extraditing him to the competent Indian authorities.
Sources who are in the know of the case confirmed the development.
On the basis of the non-bailable arrest warrant, Interpol too issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him.
The CBI filed a charge sheet against the accused in September 2017.
Christian Michel is the alleged middleman of the Rs 3600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal between Italy and India.
It was alleged that he had entered into a criminal conspiracy with co-accused persons, which included the then IAF chief SP Tyagi and his family members, and the public servants had abused their official positions by reducing service ceiling of the VVIPs helicopter from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres. His father Wolfgang Max Richard Michel, a businessman, was also a consultant of AgustaWestland in the 1980s and had reportedly acted as a mediator in other countries too. On page 204 of the judgment, a 2008 letter seized from the home of middleman Haschke has been cited to argue in the court that key players were targeting top UPA leadership to swing the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal.
54-year-old Michel was among the alleged middlemen who brokered the chopper 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.
"He will be examined with respect to his involvement in the case and confronted with documents recovered during raids by Swiss authorities, indicating that he bribed Indian authorities for securing the contract for supply of VVIP helicopters", a CBI officer said. They allegedly decided 7% of the contract amount for covering expenses and fees for both.