VVIP Chopper Scam: Michel Seeks Inquiry Over Solitary Confinement

The AgustaWestland deal pertains to the purchase of helicopters for the President, PM and other VIPs.

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Christian James Michel is the alleged middleman wanted in India in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.

Days after a Delhi court lashed out at Tihar jail authorities for not justifying reasons behind shifting Christian Michel to high security ward, Michel is seeking judicial inquiry, reported ANI.

Michel was arrested in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar earlier had stated that Michel had been lodged in jail for last 70 days and questioned his sudden shift.

The court on Tuesday, 26 February, extended judicial custody of alleged middleman Christian Michel by one day, as reported by PTI.

  • Rajiv Shamsher Bahadur Saxena, a Dubai-based accountant and corporate lobbyist, was wanted in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper case
  • Lobbyist Deepak Talwar was wanted by the ED and the CBI in a case of misusing over Rs 90 crore taken through the foreign funding route
  • On 5 January, Delhi’s Patiala House Court had sent co-accused Christian Michel to judicial custody till 26 February

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2:13 PM , 02 Mar

Michel Seeks Judicial Inquiry For Being Shifted To Solitary Confinement

Christian Michel on Saturday asked for a judicial inquiry for being shifted to solitary confinement and violation of his human rights, ANI reported.

8:11 PM , 28 Feb

Delhi Court Pulls up Tihar Jail Authorities for Not Giving Reasons of Shifting Michel

A Delhi court on Thursday, 28 February, lashed out at the Tihar Jail authorities for failing to justify shifting of Christian Michel to a high security cell in isolation, saying it will start an inquiry if it does not get a proper response, PTI reported.

Michel was arrested in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal.

Deputy Superintendent of Tihar Jail told the court that Michel was shifted to cell number 2 (high security ward) keeping in mind his safety as it was a high profile case. However, he failed to justify the sudden shifting before the court.

12:02 PM , 28 Feb

Delhi Court Directs Saxena to Record Statement Before Magistrate on 2 March

The Delhi court on Thursday, 28 February, directed Rajeev Saxena, who had moved a plea to become an approver in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland money-laundering case, to record his statement before a magistrate court.

Special judge Arvind Kumar marked Saxena's plea before the court of the CMM on March 2 for recording of his disclosure statement (disclose intentions for becoming an approver), after he told the court that he had no intention not to cooperate and that it was logical at this stage to complete his testimony in a fair way.

The judge asked him, "Are you aware that you may not be absolved of punishment by becoming an approver?". To this Saxena replied in the affirmative.

"I have thought long and hard and I am confident that my exposure to the case is minimal... I have no intention not to cooperate. At this stage it is logical to complete my testimony in a fair way," he told the court.

11:16 AM , 26 Feb

Judicial Custody of Christian Michel Extended

The Delhi court extended judicial custody of alleged middleman Christian Michel by one day.

The Delhi court Tuesday, 26 February, issued a production warrant against lawyer Gautam Khaitan, who is an accused in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar issued his production warrant and posted the matter for hearing on May 9.

Khaitan had been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI a few years ago in connection with their probe but was granted bail in the case.

Published: 05 Dec 2018, 8:42 AM IST
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