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Congress rattled after Christian Michel's extradition: BJP

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The on Thursday said that the was rattled after the extradition of middleman and the family in the party is getting sleepless nights.

Addressing a press conference here, said, "The is rattled after the extradition of They sent their team to save Michel. Congress' appeared for him in Court, they later went through the charade of removing him. The family in is getting sleepless nights."

Patra alleged that other than Aljo Joseph, there are two other lawyers of who is the son of a and who has been a Students' Union of (NSUI) member.

"All three have worked under big Congress lawyers like and Kapil Sibal," he added.

The has asked the for consular access to Michel, sources said on Thursday. has also received a request for consular access and is examining the matter. Earlier on Wednesday, government sources revealed that the is ready to provide consular access to the United Kingdom High Commission for

The government sources had said, "We are ready to provide consular access to the for Christian Michel. We have no objections. However, the has not yet approached the for this. Due process will have to be followed. The (CBI) will have no objections."

Michel, a British citizen and the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore deal, was extradited to from UAE on Tuesday night and a court here on Wednesday remanded him to five-day (CBI) custody.

During the hearing, DP Singh appeared for the CBI and asked for a 14-day custody of Michel for a thorough probe. Michel's Joseph had opposed it and had also moved a bail plea for Michel.

The court kept the bail plea pending for next hearing and allowed Michel's one hour each in the morning and evening for consultancy.

According to CBI sources, Michel complained of anxiety during questioning by CBI and subsequently, he was given medicine.

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

According to the charge sheet filed in a court two years back, Michel had received kickbacks to the tune of 30 million Euros from AgustaWestland for the deal involving a purchase of 12 VIP helicopters. The deal, signed in 2007, was scrapped in 2013 following the bribery allegations.

CBI had filed charge sheet in a trial court on September 1, 2017, against Christian and 11 other accused persons. The trial court took cognizance of the offences on October 11, 2017. CBI's request for extradition was forwarded to the UAE authorities on March 19, last year through diplomatic channels.

Extradition proceedings were held before on the extradition request of CBI. Vide order dated November 19, 2018, the upheld the lower court decision for possibility of extraditing Christian to Indian authorities. Accordingly, Christian was extradited to face legal proceedings.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 17:15 IST