10 Points: Doval behind extradition of AgustaWestland middleman Michel, know all details
AgustaWestland fixer and middleman Christian Michel is finally in India and was taken directly to the CBI headquarters in midnight. Reports suggest that he was questioned the whole night. He will be presented in Court today
New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 5: AgustaWestland fixer and middleman Christian Michel is finally in India and was taken directly to the CBI headquarters in midnight. Reports suggest that he was questioned the whole night. He will be presented in Court today.1. Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in politically-sensitive Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, was brought to India late Tuesday night following his extradition by the UAE, the CBI said.2. The ruling BJP said the extradition in the case from the UPA era is a diplomatic victory for India and could spell "serious trouble" for the Congress's "first family", referring to Gandhis. It also asserted that the development was an unequivocal affirmation of the Narendra Modi government's "seriousness in fighting corruption".3. Michel landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on a Gulfstream jet at 2235 hours, official sources said.4. The operation code-named 'Unicorn' was carried out under the guidance of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and being coordinated by interim CBI Director M Nageswar Rao.5. A team of the agency's officers led by Joint Director Sai Manohar was in Dubai to bring him back. The agency said that Michel has been brought back to India after completion of the extradition process.6.The UAE government had cleared the extradition of 57-year-old Michel after his appeal against the move was turned down by a court there.7. His alleged involvement in the chopper deal surfaced in 2012 as a middleman for swinging the deal in favour of AgustaWestland and for making illegal payment of commissions or kickbacks to the Indian authorities, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said. Michel was wanted for investigation but he escaped and had avoided joining the probe, he said.8. A charge sheet was filed against him in September last year. On the basis of this warrant, a Red Corner Notice was issued by the Interpol which led to his arrest in Dubai in February 2017, he said.9. It was not immediately clear whether Michel would be kept in a safe house or in the CBI headquarters itself for the night before being produced in a court.10. Michel was behind bars in Dubai since he was arrested and sent to custody pending the legal and judicial procedure in the UAE. The Dubai Court of Cassation had earlier dismissed the two objections filed by Michel's lawyers and upheld the appellate court's decision to consider the possibility of extraditing him to the competent Indian authorities.