VVIP chopper scam: Christian Michel bore foreign travel expenses of IAF officers, CBI tells court

Christian Michel

Delhi’s Patiala House court on Saturday extended the CBI custody of alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case Christian Michel by four days.

Michel had borne foreign air travel expenditure of serving and retired Indian Air Force (IAF) officials, the CBI told the court during the hearing.

Christian Michel, whose custody ends today, was extradited to India by UAE in the Augusta Westland VVIP chopper scam on December 4.

The court permitted Michel’s lawyer Rosemary Patrizi to talk to her client for 10 minutes after she argued in the court that she has represented him for almost 5 years in Italy & Switzerland. The court also allowed Aljo K Joseph, Michel’s lawyer in India, to meet the accused along with Patrizi.

The CBI had questions on Patrizi’s credentials in the court and wanted Michel’s custody to be extended to collaborate with some evidence and confront with some witnesses.

CBI also said it wants to take Michel to Mumbai for further investigation.


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