VVIP chopper scam — Christian Michel under ED's scanner: Sources

| Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 12:44
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Christian Michel under the Enforcement Directorate's scanner

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate is now planning to file a chargesheet against the middleman Christian Michel, an accused in the AgustaWestland choppers deal.
It is reported that on the basis of available evidences, the Enforcement Directorate is now planning to extradite him. Remember, extradition is the official process whereby one country transfers a suspected or convicted criminal to another country. Between countries, extradition is normally regulated by treaties.
Michel had reportedly opened a shell company by the name, Media Exim Pvt Ltd in India to transfer the bribe amount given by Agusta-Westland, according to the ED officials. An extradition request had been earlier sent to the UK. However, the agency learnt later Michel is based in UAE. Officials are now preparing to send an extradition request to the country.
It is reported that Michel had signed two contracts with AgustaWestland in March 2010 and later in May the same year. According to the deal, he was supposed to be paid 42 million euros for services rendered by him in the acqusition of the 12 VVIP choppers worth Rs 3,546 crore. 
An Interpol Red Corner Notice (RCN) is reportedly pending against Michel. He is also learnt to have bribed influential Indians to swing the 2010 deal. 
Michel's property worth Rs 1.11 crore, a flat in Safdarjung Enclave, had already been attached by ED in March 2015.  

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