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Michel's extradition could spell 'serious' trouble for Gandhi family: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP said Tuesday the of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal, was a diplomatic victory for and could spell "serious trouble" for the Congress' "first family".

The ruling party also asserted that the development was an unequivocal affirmation of the Narendra Modi government's "seriousness in fighting corruption".

"of is a shot in the arm for the Now that he will be available to the CBI, the 'real' bribe-receivers of the bribes scandal will be exposed," GVL said.

Claiming that Michel was "known to be a Gandhi-family loyalist", Rao said "his and custody could spell serious trouble for the Congress' first family".

The has denied all allegations against its leaders in connection with the deal.

Michel is being extradited to from the and scheduled to be brought back on Tuesday night from Dubai, according to official sources.

Terming it a "diplomatic victory" for the Modi government, BJP said, "The country is entitled to know the truth on who were the bribe-receivers in Certainly, we are closer to know the truth."

It is also a confirmation that the efforts made by the India side before the courts in were serious and based on sound legal arguments, Kohli said.

But, above all, he added, it was an unequivocal affirmation of the Modi government's "seriousness in fighting corruption".

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

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

Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed in the case, besides and Carlo Gerosa, by the ED and the (CBI).

Both the agencies had notified an red-corner notice against him.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 21:05 IST