Special CBI court dismisses plea by Christian Michel, AgustaWestland scam accused

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A special CBI court on Thursday dismissed the plea filed by Christian Michel to allow him an interim bail to celebrate the festivals of Easter and Good Friday. The special CBI judge Arvind Kumar said that the plea submitted by the alleged was devoid of the merits.

Enforcement Directorate and CBI claimed that if given bail, Christian Michel would interrupt with the proceeding of the court in the AgustaWestland case and might make some statements which can lead to the derailment of the investigations.

In the application, Michel also pushed for a medical check-up claiming that he has lost 7kgs n past four weeks. The petition said that the applicant has lost 7kgs of weight and is in a need to go for a medical check-up.

Enforcement Directorate and the CBI claimed that Christian Michel should celebrate the festival in the custody. DP Singh who is the representative of the ED and CBI said that India is a country of varied religions and festivals. Every prisoner has faith in his religion and festivals. Allowing Christian Michel to celebrate his festival out of the custody would be an injustice to all the prisoners.

ED also said that according to the Delhi Prison rules, there are special grounds on which an interim bail can be granted to a prisoner, however, the interim bail application submitted has no such grounds or parameters to satisfy the application.

Ed said that no such report of deteriorating medical health has been reported of the applicant. ED said that the prisoner is entitled to exercise a proper mechanism to ensure his well-being under the Delhi prison rules.

Christian Michel is the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland case in which he received kickbacks of 3600 crores in the VIP chopper deal. The case involved politicians and bureaucrats that were benefitted.

In a recent development of the case, Christian Michel submitted an affidavit in which he revealed some information about the involvements in the chopper scam.



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