A Delhi court on Wednesday sent British national Christian Michel James, the middleman wanted in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, to five days in CBI custody.
The court,however, rejected the CBI’s plea for 14 days.
He was extradited to India on Tuesday night from the UAE. A CBI team escorted him to India in a special plane.
On Wednesday, Special Judge Arvind Kumar allowed the CBI to quiz the middleman till December 10.
“The CBI is seeking police remand of 14 days for thorough interrogation and in order to unearth the deep rooted conspiracy and the role of the other accused persons and to confront the accused with the documents.
“Keeping in view the facts and circumstances, submissions made by the parties, I deem it fit to grant five days police remand of the accused,” Judge Kumar said.
In its remand application, the CBI had informed the court that an amount of 42.27 million euros was paid by the Westland Group of Companies to the firms of Michel as “kickbacks/bribe without undertaking any work against the receipt of such amount”.
Michel’s counsel Aljo K. Joseph vehemently opposed the remand application saying police custody wasn’t required and that none of the documents had been produced in any international court.
Michel was present at the court after he was extradited to India on Tuesday night from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A CBI team escorted him to India in a special plane.