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Examining UK's request for consular access to Christian Michel: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Thursday said it was examining a request by the for seeking consular access to Christian Michel, the British national who was brought here from the UAE two days ago in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore chopper deal scam.

"We have received a request from the seeking consular access. The matter at this point of time is being examined within the ministry," told reporters.

He said the government will revert to the soon.

On Wednesday, the sought consular access to Michel, the alleged middleman accused of bribing politicians and officials to swing the chopper deal in Agusta's favour.

An in the High Commission said that the was in contact with Michel's family.

Michel, 57, was brought to late Tuesday night following his extradition by the in connection with the chopper deal case. A court Wednesday sent him to a five-day custody of the CBI, probing the scam.

Asked about Michel's extradition, Kumar said the had received two requests from the and the ED and the requests were forwarded by to the UAE authorities.

"After following due process and exhaustion of judicial process, was extradited to The matter is being handled by CBI," he said.

Michel is one of the three middlemen, being probed by the and the in the case, besides and Michel has denied the charges.

The has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (approximately Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.

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

The money was nothing but "kickbacks" paid by the firm to execute the 12 helicopter deal in favour of the firm in the "guise of" genuine transactions for performing multiple work contracts in the country, according to the charge sheet.

The ED investigation found that remittances made by Michel through his Dubai-based firm to a firm he floated in Delhi, along with two Indians, were made from the funds which he got from through "criminal activity" and corruption in the chopper deal, which led to the subsequent generation of proceeds of crime.

On January 1, 2014, scrapped the contract with Italy-based Finmeccanica's British subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 AW-101 VVIP choppers to the IAF over alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of paying kickbacks to the tune of Rs 423 crore by it for securing the deal.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 19:40 IST