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UK High Commission may get consular access to Christian Michel

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The is ready to provide consular access to the High Commission for Christian Michel, a citizen of Britain and alleged middleman in Rs 3,600 crore helicopter deal, government sources said on Wednesday.

The government sources said, "We are ready to provide consular access to the for 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."

Meanwhile, CBI sources have claimed that they have informed the family of British Michel that he has been extradited to by the (MEA) from the UAE in connection with the case.

The has said, "Our staff continues to support the family of a British man, following his detention in the UAE. We are in contact with his family and Emirati authorities regarding his case and are urgently seeking information from Indian authorities on his circumstances."

Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore helicopter deal, was sent to five days CBI custody on Wednesday. Michel, who arrived in the Capital in the wee hours of Wednesday after being extradited from Dubai, was produced before a special CBI court here.

The Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VIP helicopter deal, finalised during the previous UPA government, had got mired in allegations of kickbacks. The 54-year-old Michel is an accused in the case along with some others including former (IAF) SP Tyagi.

CBI's request for Michel's extradition was forwarded to the UAE authorities on March 19 last year through diplomatic channels. The investigative agency filed a charge sheet in a trial court on September 1 the same year against Michel and 11 other accused. A month later, on October 11, the trial court took cognisance of the offences.

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

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:20 IST