VVIP chopper scam: Christian Michel received money from other defence deals, ED tells court
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate, on Saturday, has claimed that Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, has received money from other defence deals too. The ED has informed the Patiala House court that the agency is investigating the allegations and sought judicial custody of Michel for 15 days.
“The accused (Michel) had received €24.25 million from Augusta Westland deal. During the interrogation, it is observed that he had also received money for other defence deals, which ED will inquire,” stated the remand application filed by the ED.
The agency, during the hearing has also claimed that Michel has acquired cash to purchase property through hawala operators and that they have identified the property purchased by the accused. ‘’We have investigated how cash circulated through multiple bank accounts,’’ ED counsels DP Singh and NK Matta told the court.
Christian Michel, Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa are the three middlemen who are accused of bribery and corruption in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case. According to the ED, Michel has received €24.25 million euros and £1.6 million from the Agusta deal. He was extradited to India from Dubai in connection with the ₹3,600-crore deal.
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