AgustaWestland scam: Christian Michel, middleman to be extradited, orders UAE court

NEW DELHI: A court in United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered the extradition of  Christian Michel the middleman alleged in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case. Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the alleged kickbacks paid to swing the deal to buy 12 VVIP choppers in favour of AgustaWestland.

Michel, a British national, is wanted in India for allegedly organising bribes in exchange for a 2007 contract for VVIP helicopters for the purchase of 12 luxury helicopters for use by top leaders. He was detained in the UAE in June but was granted bail the following month.

Michel, a UK national, was arrested last year by UAE authorities after a request from India to extradite him.

The Rs 3,600 crore AugustaWestland deal is under the scanner over allegations of irregularities on account and is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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