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AgustaWestland deal middleman extradited to India in operation under NSA's guidance: CBI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Alleged middleman in the chopper deal is being extradited to in an operation under the guidance of Ajit Doval, the said Tuesday.

The operation is being coordinated by Director M Nageswar Rao and a team of the agency's officers led by was in to bring him back.

The government had cleared the extradition of Michel after his appeal against the move was turned down by a court there.

Michel, 57, was behind bars in since he was arrested and sent to custody pending the legal and judicial procedure in the UAE.

The dismissed the two objections filed by Michel's lawyers and upheld the appellate court's decision to consider the possibility of extraditing him to the competent Indian authorities.

"Christian Michel entered into criminal conspiracy with co-accused persons and in pursuance thereof, the public servants had abused their official positions by reduction of service ceiling of the VVIPs helicopter from 6000 metres to 4500 metres and a contract for an amount of Euro 556.262 million was awarded to International Ltd (AWIL), UK by the through on 08.02.2010 for the procurement of 12 VVIP/non VVIP helicopters," said here.

"Michel, who has been avoiding criminal proceedings in in case is being extradited by the UAE authorities to India. Under the guidance of Ajit Doval, (NSA), the entire operation is being coordinated by in-charge M Nageswara Rao," he said.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 22:00 IST