Agusta middleman extradited

British national Christian James Michel, wanted in the alleged Rs. 3,700 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal bribery case, was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday. Mr. Michel was brought to Delhi on an Aviation Research Centre plane of the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) around 10.45 p.m. and escorted to the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters by a team of Delhi police officials. He is likely to be produced before a city court on Wednesday. Under the guidance of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, the entire operation was coordinated by CBI Director in-charge M. Nageswara Rao. A team, led by the agency’s Joint Director A. Sai Manohar, visited Dubai for the purpose, the CBI said in a statement. Mr. Michel was arrested by the Dubai police in February 2017 on the basis of an Interpol Red Notice issued against him.

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