A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to AgustaWestland chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan in a separate black money and laundering case. Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted relief to Khaitan on a personal bond or Rs 25 lakh and one surety of the like amount.
The fresh criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was filed by the Enforcement Directorate against Khaitan on the basis of a case lodged by the Income Tax Department against him under the provisions of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.
NEW DELHI: Fourteen days after the Supreme Court of Dubai passed an order to extradite AgustaWestland the UAE has extradited Christian Michel to India the alleged middleman in the multimillion-dollar AgustaWestland helicopter deal.
The 54-year-old is wanted in the Rs. 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal, which involves the purchase of 12 luxury helicopters for use by the President, Prime Minister and other VIPs, by the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh. A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Michel and he will be taken for medical examination tomorrow.
In November, the Court of Cassation had upheld a lower court order which said that Michel could be extradited. Michel worked with the company since the 1980s and before that his father had also been a consultant of the company for India.
Officials said Swaraj’s presence in Dubai for a meeting of the India-UAE Joint Commission helped push the process. In 2007, the UPA government had signed a contract to purchase the luxury helicopters.
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).