After extradition order, Augusta Westland middleman Christian Michel missing, says lawyer

Augusta Westland middleman Christian Michel
Augusta Westland middleman Christian Michel.

The Hush Post: Ever since his extradition order, Christian Michel, the British middleman in the Augusta Westland chopper scandal, is missing.

His lawyer told a TV channel after a UAE court ordered his extradition to India, a report said.

Michel was arrested in the UAE in 2017 and is out on bail. He is wanted in India for allegedly organising bribes in exchange for a contract for VVIP helicopters.

Amal Alsubei, the lawyer of Michel said he could not be found since the court ordered his extradition.

“He will be arrested if found. He is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court,” said Alsubei.

The case involves the purchase of 12 luxury helicopters for use by top leaders including the President, Prime Minister and former prime ministers. That time Congress-led UPA government was ruling India under Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister.

Michel was allegedly given 042 million (around Rs 350 crore) by Anglo-Italian firm — AgustaWestland — for bribing Indian politicians, defence ministry officials, bureaucrats, IAF officials including its then chief SP Tyagi and others for swinging the contract in favour of the company for the supply of 12 VVIP choppers.

He was arrested in February 2017 by the UAE and since then, extradition proceedings are going on. He is presently out on bail there. The CBI and ED teams visited UAE a couple of times in the last one year to share documents. These documents include charge-sheet, witness statements, and other evidence, with the UAE authorities and the court.

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