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AgustaWestland: Salman Khurshid slams CBI for 'trying to put a question mark on Congress'

ANI  |  New Delhi, [India] 

After Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the chopper deal extradited by Dubai, landed in in the wee hours of Wednesday, senior said that the Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is playing games to 'put a question mark' on his party.

The 57-year-old British is an alleged middlemen who had brokered the deal and who, investigators claim, paid bribes to officials and politicians to swing the contract in favour of AgustaWestland, the British arm of Italian firm

Christian's extradition, took place days after a court rejected his plea against the move.

"It is just a game to put a question mark on If the is now getting involved in this case, we will fight against it, adding that one should respond to a question, if he/she is obliged to answer it. But I hope they've their facts and figure in place to persuade a court, " told ANI.

Further mocking the probe agency, added, "I am very impressed that is tearing itself apart, screaming and shouting at each other with all allegations of corruption doing the rounds before Courts. If has faith in law and order and they think that this needs to be taken in the court then they should go ahead."

Michel, who is presently at the CBI headquarters, is likely to be produced before a competent court later today (Wednesday). Furthermore, the CBI is likely to urge the court for extended custody of Michel for the purpose of investigation.

The Rs 3,600 crore VIP helicopter deal, finalised during the previous government led by former Manmohan Singh, had got mired in allegations of kickbacks.

Michel is an accused in the case along with some others including former Air Chief SP Tyagi. According to the charge sheet filed in a court here two years back, Michel had received kickbacks to the tune of 30 million Euros from for the deal involving a purchase of 12 VIP helicopters. The deal, signed in 2007, was scrapped in 2013 following the bribery allegations.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 08:32 IST