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AgustaWestland case: Middleman Christian Michel extradited to India

Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in politically-sensitive Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, was brought to India on late Tuesday night.

 

New Delhi| The middlemen of the infamous AgustaWestland case Christian Michel has finally been brought to India. Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in politically-sensitive Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, was brought to India on late Tuesday night following his extradition by the UAE, the CBI said. Earlier, UAE Ambassador Ahmed Albana had said that the decision of the extradition of Christian Michel- a British citizen should be left on the judicial system of the United Arab Emirates. The CBI will present Michel tomorrow in court.

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What is the AgustaWestland case?

Several Indian politicians and military officials have been accused of accepting bribes from AgustaWestland in order to win the ₹36 billion(US$500 million) Indian contract for the supply of 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters; these helicopters are intended to perform VVIP duties for the President of India and other important state officials. Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, is alleged by Italian prosecutors to have received kickbacks from the deal.

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