VVIP chopper scam: Court extends Christian Michel’s custody by 4 days

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Delhi’s Patiala House court on Saturday extended the CBI custody of Christian Michel by four days. Michel,57, who is a citizen of United Kingdom, is the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case. The other two alleged middlemen are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.

Advocate D P Singh, appearing for CBI has said that Michel’s handwriting and signature samples are required to be matched with the documents possessed by CBI.

CBI sought further custody of Michel citing that it needs to confront him with the documents related to 18.4 million Euro contract and has to take him to Mumbai also.

He was extradited from UAE because of the VVIP chopper case and was brought to India on the night of December 4. Following this, he was arrested by the CBI.

The very next day, he was produced before the court. The court allowed a  five-day custodial interrogation by the CBI.

According to CBI, there was an estimated loss of Rs 2,666 crore to the exchequer in the VVIP choppers deal that was signed on February 8, 2010.

According to ED, Michel had received about Rs 225 crore from AgustaWestland in the deal.

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