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VVIP chopper case: Delhi court allows ED to question Christian Michel in Tihar jail

A file photo of Christian Michel

A file photo of Christian Michel   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate Christian Michel, alleged middleman in the ₹3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case, on money laundering charges. The alleged middleman was arrested by the ED on December 22

Special Judge Arvind Kumar said the probe agency would interrogate him for two consecutive days from Wednesday for half-an-hour each in the morning and evening in the presence of an official of Tihar jail where he is lodged in judicial custody.

Earlier, Mr. Michel levelled several allegations against the probe agency, claiming that former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana threatened him in Dubai that he would make his life hell inside jail if he did not toe the probe agency’s line in the investigation.

The accused also questioned the logic behind keeping him in jail no. 1 in ward no.6 where Kashmiri separatist leaders had been kept. He urged the court to shift him to jail no. 7 where he was earlier lodged along with prisoners charged with white collar crimes.

In his reply to the charges by the accused, the Superintendent of jail no. 1 said Mr. Michel had been kept in the high risk ward no. 6 keeping in view his safety and security.

The next hearing in the case is slated to be held on March 14.

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