UK High Commission seeks consular access to Christian Michel

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UK High Commission seeks consular access to Christian Michel

The UK High Commission in New Delhi said the mission was "urgently" seeking information regarding the alleged middleman Christian Michel's "circumstances".

The British High Commission has sought consular access to Christian Michel, a British national who was extradited on Tuesday night from the UAE for his alleged role in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestalnd VVIP chopper scam.

A spokesperson of the UK High Commission in New Delhi said that the mission was urgently seeking information regarding the alleged middleman Michel's circumstances.

Our staff continue to support the family of a British man following his detention in the UAE. We are in contact with his family and the Emirati authorities regarding his case, and are urgently seeking information from the Indian authorities on his circumstances, said the spokesperson in a statement.

Christian Michel was brought to India by a private jet and was taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning. On Wednesday, he was produced in court in Delhi which sent him to five-day police custody.

The UK authorities said they would be providing all assistance to the British national.

According to the statement issued by the CBI on Tuesday, Christian Michel James entered into as many as 12 contracts through two of his from firms namely M/s Global Trade & Commerce Ltd. London and M/s Global Services FZE, Dubai, UAE with Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland, Westland Helicopters UK etc. to legitimise the illicit commission on the procurement of VVIP helicopters by Ministry of Defence, India. An amount of Euro 42.27million (Rs. 295.00 Crore approximately) was paid by the Finmeccanica Group to the firms of Christian Michel James as kickbacks/bribe without undertaking any work against the receipt of such amount."

"Christian Michel James will be examined with respect to his involvement in the case and confronted with documents recovered during raids by Swiss authorities and received by CBI through LRs indicating the bribes paid by Christian Michel James to the Indian Authorities for securing the contract for supply of VVIP helicopters from M/s AgustaWestland.