Report Says That, Christian Michel Had Anxiety Attack At CBI Office, Doctors Came

Report Says That, Christian Michel Had Anxiety Attack At CBI Office, Doctors Came

Report Says That, Christian Michel Had Anxiety Attack At CBI Office, Doctors Came 

New Delhi: The alleged middleman accused in the the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, was grilled by the CBI after he reached India and slept barely for two hours, as told by sources on Wednesday. 

Michel, 57, who was extradited from Dubai on India's request, reportedly had an anxiety attack upon reaching the CBI headquarters in wee hours and doctors were called to attend to him. 

The sources said that, he was questioned about the money trail and identification of documents in the multi-crore rupee deal, after treatment.  

The reports state that, he was allowed to sleep for two hours between 4 am and 6 am on Wednesday before being given breakfast. The sources said that, after 6 am, he was again questioned by officials of the Special Investigation Team of the CBI.

After the UAE government cleared his extradition, Michel was flown to India along with a CBI team led by Joint Director Sai Manohar. The accused landed at 22:35 pm on Tuesday at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport from where he was taken into CBI custody after completion of formalities. 

Michel was escorted by a small convoy of police cars and bikes, when he was being taken to the CBI headquarters' lockup at the ground floor of the imposing 11-floor steel and glass building where he reached around 1:20 am, on Wednesday. 

On Wednesday, he was taken to the Patiala House court, around 4 pm. The court had sent him to five days CBI custody. 

The central probing agency wants to question him to confront him with certain documents and confidential material which he allegedly had sent to his masters in Italy through fax, theyclaimed. It also said that they want to know how the money, Euro 42.27 million, which was received by Michel's companies from Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland, was distributed further to establish money trail of alleged bribes paid to swing the Rs. 3,600 crore 12-helicopter deal for VVIP flights. 

The agency has alleged that Michel has evaded any probe in the matter which puts him on a different pedestal than Guido Haschke -- another middleman -- who faced trial in Italy and entered in plea bargain. 

A charge sheet was filed by the CBI against him in September last year. 

"An open non-bailable arrest warrant dated September 24, 2015, was issued by the special judge, CBI cases, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi," CBI's spokesperson said. 

He also said that, 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. 

Michel had been in jail in Dubai, since he was arrested and sent to custody pending the legal and judicial procedure in the UAE.  The UAE government ordered him to be taken to India, after the courts cleared his extradition, rejecting his plea that he was a British citizen. 

Mr Michel was accused of entering into a criminal conspiracy with co-accused persons, which included the then IAF chief SP Tyagi and his family members, and the public servants had abused their official positions by reducing service ceiling of the VVIPs helicopter from 6,000 m to 4,500 m. 

The reduction in ceiling made AgustaWestland eligible for contract worth 556.262 million Euros, which was awarded to it by the Defence Ministry on February 08, 2010, for procurement of 12 VVIP helicopters. 

The government had scrapped the contract, in 2014 after allegations that AgustaWestland, whose parent company Finmeccanica faced charges of bribery in Italy, had paid kickbacks in India. 

Christian Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. 

The CBI has said that an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million has been encountered in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.