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Consular access granted to Christian Michel: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has granted consular access to Christian Michel, a British national who was brought here from the UAE last month in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore deal.

The had sought consular access to Michel after he was arrested in the first week of December.

"He has been granted consular access. A from the has met based on the request we received last month," said at a

The consular access to Michel was given on Thursday, he said.

Asked about Michel's plea in the Thursday seeking permission to make calls to his family members and his lawyers abroad, Kumar said, "We have shared in the past that he has been allowed to communicate with his family members. I have not seen the plea which he has entered on this matter (now)."

Sources, however, said that if the requests that he be allowed more communication, it may be considered.

Michel, 57, was brought to following his extradition by the in connection with the deal case. At present, he is lodged in the here.

Michel is one of the three middlemen -- the two others and -- being probed by the and the in the case.

Michel has denied the charges.

The ED, in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he had received 30 million euros (about Rs 225 crore) from

The CBI, in its charge sheet, has alleged an estimated loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth 556.262 million euros.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 16:20 IST