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[Augusta Westland] Delhi Court Seeks CBI, ED's Response In Two Bail Applications Filed By Christian Michel

Nupur Thapliyal
22 April 2021 8:12 AM GMT
[Augusta Westland] Delhi Court Seeks CBI, EDs Response In Two Bail Applications Filed By Christian Michel

A Delhi Court on Thursday sought response of CBI and Enforcement Directorate on the two bail applications filed by Christian Michel in relation with the Augusta Westland deal.

Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar sought the response over the two bail applications filed by Michel through Advocate K Jospeh,MS Vishnu Shankar and Sriram Parakkat.

The Court will now hear the matter on May 6.

Praying for an unconditional bail in both the cases, the Application reads thus:

"The applicant has undergone almost 600 hours of custodial interrogation by both the agencies. As of today, the Applicant has spent more than 2 year and 4 months in addition to the period which he spent in Dubai jail."

Special Public Prosecutors Naveen Kumar Matta along with DP Singh are appearing in the matter for the two agencies i.e. ED and CBI.

The chargesheet against Michel was filed in 2017 after which he was arrested in December 2018 after being extradited from Dubai. He is allegedly termed as a 'Middleman' for the illegal transactions that took place in the VVIP chopper scam.

The CBI had alleged that there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (about 2666 Crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had then filed a chargesheet against Mr. Michel in June, 2016, alleging that he had received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland.

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