CBI special court reserves order on Christian Michel bail plea till December 22

New Delhi | The CBI special court on Wednesday reserved its order on the bail application of Agusta Westland Middleman Christian Michel till December 22.

CBI judge Arvind Kumar will pronounce the order on December 22. Aljo K Jospeh, Counsel for Christian Michel demanding bail for his client said,”CBI had questioned him five times in Dubai and for 15 days in delhi. He is suffering from Dyslexia. And he has been asked to write in cursive writing.”

CBI in its defence opposing bail for Michel said, “His reach is so wide and he is so influential that he could try and remove evidence. He was making efforts to run away from Dubai just before his extradition.” Earlier the CBI special court on December 15 had extended Agusta Westland Middleman Christian Michel’s custody for an additional 4 days.

Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in politically-sensitive Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, was brought to India on late December 4 night following his extradition by the UAE. Earlier, the 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.

Michel has been accused of influencing politicians, officials and journalists using monetary incentives to procure 12 VVIP helicopters, to be used for the Indian Prime Minister, the President, and other important personalities. The deal signed in 2007, was scrapped in 2013 following the bribery allegations.

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