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Augusta Westland Case : Christian Michel Extradited To India, Breakthrough At Last

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Wanted by Indian investigative agencies in the Rs 3,600 crore Agusta Westland VVIP choppers deal case,British national Christian Michel, has finally been extradited to India ,  according to a media report.

The Court of Cassation had in November upheld a lower court order which said that Michel could be extradited.

India officially made the request to the Gulf nation in 2017 for his extradition, based on the criminal investigations conducted in the case by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The ED, in its chargesheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland.

The money was nothing but ‘kickbacks’ paid by the firm to execute the 12 helicopter deal in favour of the firm in ‘guise of’ genuine transactions for performing multiple work contracts in the country, according to the chargesheet.

Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, by the ED and the CBI.

Both the agencies have notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

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