New Delhi: Responding to alleged middleman in the Rs. 3,565 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal James Christian Michel’s allegations on purported meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi on the sidelines of United Nations general Assembly (UNGA) in September 2015, the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said there was no meeting between the two Prime Ministers as part of PM Modi’s bilateral meetings at the UNGA.
“There was no meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy as part of PM’s bilateral meetings at the UNGA in September 2015,” said a statement issued by the MEA.
“In so far as James Christian Michel is concerned,” said the MEA, “various law enforcement authorities of India are proceeding against him in cases relating to the Prevention of Corruption Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act.”
“An open ended non-bailable arrest warrant has been issued by the Special Judge of CBI against him on 24.9.2015. Upon a CBI request a Red Corner notice against him has been issued by the Interpol Headquarters on 25.11.2015.
“A request for provisional arrest for the purpose of extradition was made to the U.K. authorities on 4.1.2016 by the CBI. The Enforcement Directorate, another autonomous agency to handle private money laundering and foreign exchange irregularities, has also separately sent a Red Corner notice seeking arrest and a request for his extradition from the U.K. on 29.2.2016
The CBI had named 13 individuals, including former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi and European nationals Carlo Gerosa, Christian Michel James and Guido Haschke in the FIR.