The communications showed Michel’s proximity claims with then Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary Ahmed Patel, who is named in the communication as AP
Giving big nightmares to Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel, Narendra Modi government has won a big diplomatic victory in the deportation of AgustaWestland chopper main middleman Christian Michel from Dubai on Tuesday. According to officials, the fugitive Michel is expected to brought to Delhi by Wednesday early morning. On Tuesday morning, Dubai Government has passed orders of deportation of the fugitive middleman and handed to over to Indian authorities.
Dubai Government’s Ministry of Justice’s final order came on Tuesday after Michel lost his appeal in the apex court of Dubai against the deportation
Michel will be taken to CBI Head Quarters from Delhi Airport and in the in the evening produced before the Judge in Patiala House Court for further custody, said a senior CBI official.
In coming days the worries of Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel will be when they will be confronted with Michel by CBI and ED. As per the documents in Italian Court, Rs.210 crore (5% of the deal) was given to Sonia Gandhi and family.
Dubai Government’s Ministry of Justice’s final order came on Tuesday after Michel lost his appeal in the apex court of Dubai against the deportation. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj led senior officials delegation is in Dubai from Monday onwards to attend various programmes and for high-level talks with Dubai counterparts.
Many media houses will also have to be worried on the deportation of Michel as he had given aroundRs.45 cores to them for hushing the AgustaWestland scam
Modi Government approached Dubai authorities in early 2015, demanding the deportation of Michel, who was the main middlemen accused of bribing top Congress leadership for the controversial purchase of 12 VVIP Helicopters from Italian firm AgustaWestland, worth more than Rs.3600 crore.
During the trial court proceedings in Italy, the Prosecution produced documents and communications between Michel and his partner Guido Haschke in sharing around Rs.400 crore bribes to senior politicians and Indian Air Force officials. The communications showed Michel’s proximity claims with then Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary Ahmed Patel, who is named in the communication as AP. Both leaders’ photos were shown to Haschke during the trial by Italian Prosecutors and he confirmed that Michel was handling politicians and he was handling officials in Defence Ministry and Indian Air Force through agents. The communication between Michel and Haschke showed that five per cent of the deal value to be shared with “The Family” and in another communication Michel said that the deal has through as “Sonia Gandhi had communicated to Government that she will not at all fly in old Mi-8 helicopters.”
At one point, Congress leaders alleged that Modi had made deals with foreign leaders to make Michel as approver to implicate top Congress leadership. After the scam broke out in late 2012, British Citizen Michel fled to Dubai to save himself from the Italian investigators. Two years, Michel came in front of media and gave series of interviews to accuse Indian Government for targeting him for the political gains. It is a known secret that from 2015, Michel was in touch Congress leader Kamal Nath’s son Bakul Nath. The Congress leader’s son doing business in Dubai arranged TV interviews of Michel to Indian media in 2016 to accuse Modi Government of political vendetta.
Apart from politicians, many media persons and media houses will also have to be worried on the deportation of Michel, as he had given around Rs.45 cores to them for hushing ‘the AgustaWestland scam’ At present only one journalist (Raju Santhanam) was arrested by ED for handling activities of Michel in Delhi.