AgustaWestland: Why did UPA go to Italy, when it could have shopped in Hyderabad

New Delhi, Dec 7: One of the main allegations made in the AugustaWestland case was that middleman, James Christian Michel had deliberately disqualified the competition.

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Explained: How Christian Michel Was Brought To India

It was probably one of the most important extraditions in recent times. James Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam was brought down to India on Tuesday after he lost his appeal against extradition was rejected by the Court of Cassation in Dubai.

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Long association: The Michels earned 2 million Pounds from India between 1987 and 1996

New Delhi, Dec 6: For Michel, AgustaWestland has been part of the family. James Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland case was extradited to India on Tuesday from Dubai and is currently in CBI custody.

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With Michel in India, a fully paid junket to Italy comes back under the scanner

New Delhi, Dec 5: When the investigations into the AgustaWestland scam peaked in 2016, several names tumbled out. They included, politicians, bureaucrats, Air Force officials and journalists.

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AgustaWestland: 12 million Euros was set aside to lobby with ‘family’

New Delhi, Dec 6: James Christian Michel, who is now in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation faced his first round of interrogation.

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Sonia, Political, AP and Fam: Here is what James Michel will help CBI decode

New Delhi, Dec 6: ” Dear Peter, since Mrs Gandhi is the driving force behind VIP will no longer fly in the MI-18. Mrs Gandhi and her closest advisers are the people who the British ambassador should target. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh obviously main figure, then there is secretary Ahmad Patel.”
This was a letter allegedly written by extradited middleman, James Christian Michel to Peter Hulet, then India region sales and liaison head of AgustaWestland.

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AgustaWestland: Michel’s contacts in 2007 govt ensured competition was disqualified in trial stage

New Delhi, Dec 5: The big news is that James Christian Michel has been extradited to India. This would provide a significant boost to the investigation agencies probing the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam case.

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AgustaWestland: ED pins hopes on UAE to extradite James Christian Michel

James Christian Michel Pic courtesy: http://thewhistleblowers.info/
James Christian Michel
Pic courtesy: http://thewhistleblowers.info/

New Delhi, July 29: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is pinning its hopes on the United Arab Emirates to have James Christian Michel extradited. Michel, the middleman in the AgustaWestland case is currently in the UAE and the ED has been able to dish out proof regarding the same.

A new extradition request will now be sent through the Ministry of External Affairs to the UAE where Michel is said to be based. The ED managed to corroborate evidence about his residence through the television interviews he had given and also on the basis of concrete intelligence inputs.

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AgustaWestland- CBI wants details of journalists, politicians, officials from middleman

img_0686New Delhi, May 12: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will look into the legal provisions before it agrees to an offer made by James Christian Michel to be questioned through video conferencing in connection with the AgustaWestland case.
Michel a middleman of AgustaWestland had offered to be questioned through video conferencing.

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AgustaWestland: ‘Conceal the commissions through Indian firms,’ middleman said in an email

Agusta-Westland_2481774bNew Delhi, May 11: An email written by James Christian Michel, the middleman in the AgustaWestland case gives a clear pointer that firms had been set up to conceal the commissions that were being paid.
The CBI which has a copy of this mail says that this is very good evidence in the case as it clearly shows that attempts had been made to conceal the kickbacks paid in this deal.

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