Alleged middleman in Agusta deal, Michel sent into custody of ED

The alleged AgustaWestland middleman, Christian Michel, has now been sent by a Delhi court to seven-day custody of the Enforcement Directorate.

Michel is allegedly middleman in the Rs 36,000 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar dismissed the bail plea of Michel, the alleged middleman in the case.

During the hearing, the agency had sought 15-day custody of Michel following which the court allowed the ED to interrogate Michel for 15 minutes inside the courtroom itself.

It was then that Michel was arrested by ED.

The ED had sought his separate arrest in a money laundering case saying there was a gap in the money trail being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and them.

It further alleged that two of the properties have been bought out of the proceeds of crime and hence it is purely in the scope of money laundering.

The ED alleged that Michel has not joined the investigation in Italy and it cannot be said that the points the agency wants to probe here has already been investigated.

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