British High Commission has asked the Indian government to provide them with consular access to alleged AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel, reported ANI.
The CBI on Wednesday, 5 December, got five-day custody of alleged middleman Christian Michel in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case. Michel had moved a bail plea, but the court kept it pending for the next hearing and remanded him to CBI custody.
The CBI had originally sought a 14-day custody at Delhi’s Patiala House Court.
CBI Questioning of Michel Underway ::
Questioning of Christian Michel regarding AgustaWestland is underway, CBI spokesperson confirmed.
The spokesperson also said that CBI has received consular access of Michel through MEA, ANI reported. His lawyer met with him on Thursday, 6 December, in the CBI headquarters.
Major Diplomatic Win for India: MEA ::
Calling Christian Michel’s arrest a major diplomatic win for India, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said it was an example of cooperation between India and UAE.
“After following all due process and after exhausting of all judicial processes, Christian Michel was extradited to India. The matter is being handled by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This is an example of cooperation between India UAE,” he said.
Congress is Rattled With Christian Michel’s Extradition: Sambit Patra ::
BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra hit out at the Congress party and said that the party is rattled after Christian Michel’s extradition.
“They sent their team to save Michel. Congress’s Aljo Joseph appeared for him in Court, they later went through the charade of removing him. The family in Congress is getting sleepless nights.”
Patra further alleged that other than Joseph, there are two other lawyers – Vishnu Shankar who is the son of a Kerala Congress leader and Sriram Parakkat who has been an NSUI member – defending Michel.
Christian Michel’s Lawyer Had Met Congress General Secy Earlier ::
Earlier on Wednesday, Aljo K Joseph, the lawyer representing Christian Michel, was seen meeting Congress General Secretary Deepak Babaria at the party headquarters.
The Indian Youth Congress later expelled Joseph from the party and removed him from IYC’s Legal Department with immediate effect.
Babaria had also spoken to Republic TV earlier, wherein he refuted the linkages being drawn between Christian Michel and the Congress.