VVIP chopper deal: alleged middleman wrote to Modi

The Hindu has a copy of the letter sent by James Christian Michel to the Prime Minister.

April 27, 2016 02:58 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 07:24 am IST

After an Italian court >reversed the acquittal of executives of company Finmeccanica and convicting them for “over-invoicing” the sale of a dozen helicopters for Indian VVIPs in 2010, James Christian Michel, the alleged middleman, insisted that he was a victim of “political conspiracy."

In a rare interview to The Hindu, Mr. Michel revealed that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the offer to be questioned in the scam.

"I was disappointed to learn that the CBI and ED had reopened a case [pertaining to AugustaWestland deal] against me in September when as late as July the CBI announced the closure of the case due to lack of evidence," he wrote.

In the letter dated November 8, 2015, he pointed out "errors" in the CBI and ED'd submission against him seeking a non-bailable warrant.

Also read:>I am victim of "political conspiracy", says alleged VVIP chopper middleman

Following are the relevant documents pertaining to VVIP deal revelations made by Mr. Michel

EXCLUSIVE to The Hindu : The copy of the letter sent by Mr. Michel to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. >Read more

Page 1

"I was surprised that within one month, a fast track non-bailable arrest warrant was raised against me"

Page 2

"The submission claimed that I had received 30 million Euros consultancy for AW 101 helicopters. This is an incorrect statement."

Page 3

"All my agreements were unilaterally given to the GoI freely and under no legal obligation by AW in March 2013"

Page 4

"There is no commission agreement with me for the VVIP and I have no relationship with Mauritius what so ever."

Page 5

"From the day that Mr. Orsi was removed fas CEO of Finmeccanica I have been under attack from Finmeccanica due to my closeness to Mr. Orsi and my refusal to be involved with the Finmeccanica gang."

Page 6

"I am prepared to be interviewed by the CBI or the ED outside India."

Document 1

A copy of the Milan Court of Appeals' order against Finmeccanica's former chief Giuseppe Orsi and former CEO of Finmeccanica's helicopter subsidiary AgustaWestland, Bruno Spagnolini.

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