A Delhi court has dismissed the bail plea of Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal scam, who wished to celebrate Easter with family.
He is in custody and is being probed by both Enforcement Directorate and CBI.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar rejected his interim bail plea for seven days.
Special Public Prosecutor DP Singh, appearing for the CBI and the ED, said if Michel comes out on interim bail and makes some statement relating to the case, it would derail the investigation.
Michel’s lawyer argued that since the charge sheet has been filed, there is no point of tampering evidence.
The ED, which had arrested him in December after being extradited from Dubai, had filed a supplementary charge sheet against Michel and others on the 4th of this month.
Also referred to as the AugustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, the helicopter bribery scandal refers to a multimillion-dollar corruption case in the country, wherein money was paid to middlemen and Indian officials in 2006 and 2007 to purchase helicopters for high level politicians.[
As per the CBI, this amounted to ₹2.5 billion ($35 million), transferred through bank accounts in the UK and the UAE.