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VVIP Chopper rip-off: CBI information supplementary cost sheet Christian Michel, Rajeev Saxena, 13 others – India News , Firstpost

The probe report filed on Friday particulars the alleged function performed by Michel, Saxena and others in bringing bribes for politicians, bureaucrats and Indian Air Force (IAF) officers in India within the rip-off, reviews stated

File picture of Christian Michel (left). PTI

New Delhi: The CBI has filed a supplementary cost sheet towards British National Christian Michel James and businessman Rajeev Saxena within the AgustaWestland chopper rip-off.

In its remaining report filed earlier than Special Judge Arvind Kumar, the CBI has named each alleged middlemen Michel and Saxena, and 13 others.

The court docket is more likely to take up the matter for consideration on 21 September.

According to the sources, the probe report filed on Friday particulars the alleged function performed by Michel, Saxena and others in bringing bribes for politicians, bureaucrats and Indian Air Force (IAF) officers in India within the rip-off.

The sources stated that the company, which had earlier this 12 months sought sanction from the authorities involved to prosecute former defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, has not named him as an accused for the reason that request shouldn’t be granted but.

The company informed the court docket that it could file one other supplementary cost sheet within the matter later.

The first cost sheet within the case was filed in September 2017 naming former IAF chief SP Tyagi and others.

The company had earlier informed the court docket that “in the course of the course of investigation, copies of categorized/ secret official paperwork of Indian Air Force (IAF)/ Ministry of Defence (MoD) resembling Operational Requirements for VVIP helicopters earlier than issuance of Request of Proposal and different incriminating paperwork operating into multiple lakh pages obtained from Italy and Switzerland.

It had additionally stated {that a} “payment sheet” recovered from Michel, ready on his dictation, exhibits that an quantity of Euro 30 million was paid/ proposed to be paid to the officers of IAF, MoD, bureaucrats, politicians and household in India for exhibiting favour within the VVIP helicopter deal.”

The applicant had entered into as many as 5 contracts by two of his corporations to legitimise the illicit fee/ kickbacks on the procurement of VVIP helicopters by MoD, India, the CBI stated.

“An amount of Euro 42.27 million was paid by the Westland Group Companies to the firms of the applicant as kickbacks/ bribes without undertaking any work against the receipt of such amount,” it stated.

It stated that out of the kickbacks obtained from AgustaWestland, Michel additional made funds to varied individuals in India.

Michel was taken into custody by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on December 5 final 12 months after his extradition from Dubai, whereas the ED took him into custody on December 22 final 12 months. He is presently in judicial custody in each circumstances.

Dubai-based businessman Saxena was extradited to India on January 31, 2019 in reference to the rip-off regarding the acquisition of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland.

While Michel is presently in judicial custody, Saxena is out on bail within the cash laundering case filed by ED.

ED had earlier arrested Saxena however he was later granted bail after the company supported his plea to show approver within the case.

The businesses had informed the court docket that Michel made 24.25 million euros and 1,60,96,245 kilos from the now-scrapped AgustaWestland deal.

The CBI has alleged that the deal signed in February 2010 to provide VVIP choppers value 556.262 million euros brought about an estimated lack of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the state exchequer.

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