The Patiala House court today sent Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, to 5-day CBI custody. He will again be produced in the court on December 10.He was produced before Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar which allowed discussions between him and his advocate for five minutes.
Michel’s advocate asked the court to send him to judicial custody but the CBI sought his 14-days custodial interrogation to confront him with evidence and unearth the money trail in the scam. However, the judge allowed CBI to interrogate Michel for five days in its custody. On the other hand, a bail plea was also moved on his behalf. The court did not give any specific date for hearing the bail plea.
Michel, 54, was brought to India late Tuesday night following his extradition by the UAE in connection with the case. He landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on a Gulfstream jet at 10.35 PM after which he was arrested by the CBI in connection with the case.
Meanwhile, the British High Commission sought consular access to Christian Michel,the British national. A spokesperson of the High Commission said information has been sought from the Indian authorities urgently on Michel’s “circumstances”. Another official said, “we have sought consular access to Michel.”
“Our staff continue to support the family of a British man following his detention in the UAE. We are in contact with his family and the Emirati authorities regarding his case, and are urgently seeking information from the Indian authorities on his circumstances,” the spokesperson added.