Delhi’s Patiala Court on Wednesday, December 19, sent Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland case on judicial custody till December 28.
Earlier, the court reserved its order on the Michel’s bail plea for Saturday, December 22. He has been sent to Tihar jail. The next hearing in the case will take place on December 22.
Earlier, in the day, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had opposed the bail plea of Michel saying that his reach is “so wide” that he will make efforts to “try and remove evidence”. The top investigative agency also told the court that Michel has tried to run away from Dubai before his extradition.
“Christian Michel’s reach is so wide and he is so influential that he could try and remove evidence. He was making efforts to run away from Dubai just before his extradition,” the CBI told the court.
However, Aljo Joseph, the lawyer representing Michel’s case, informed the court that Michel has been cooperating with the investigation but has now become weak.
“He has become weak since he was also in custody in Dubai for 5 months on CBI’s request. We are ready for any condition of bail. You have already granted bail to other accused,” said Joseph.
The lawyer also claimed that Michel was suffering from Dyslexia and that he has been asked to write in “cursive” style.
After the top court in Dubai ordered his extradition to India, Michel has been in CBI custody. He has been in CBI custody for 15 days now.
Christian Michel is one of the alleged middlemen in the money laundering AgustaWestland case of Rs 3,600 crore. He was arrested in February 2017 by UAE authorities after CBI sent an extradition request.