Friday, April 23, 2021
Home Crime Son of senior Congress leader arranged kickbacks, Christian Michel maybe charged under Official Secrets...

Son of senior Congress leader arranged kickbacks, Christian Michel maybe charged under Official Secrets Act: Report

Michel is being accused of receiving kickbacks to the tunes of 24.25 million euros and 1,60,96,245 pounds from the AgustaWestland deal.

AgustaWestland’s alleged middleman Christian Michel, who is currently under judicial custody and is being interrogated by CBI and ED, might be charged under the Official Secrets Act, a report in the Economic Times has stated.

On Saturday, the Enforcement Directorate, which has interrogated Michel during the 14-day custody, had produced him in court. Seeking his judicial custody to be extended, the probe agency had submitted that Michel may flee if released.

The Patiala House Court has extended his judicial custody remand till February 26.

As per reports, Michel has admitted during interrogation that he did not only lobby on behalf of Agusta but had received money from other defence deals as well. It is alleged that he routed the money through Hawala.

As per reports, the key issue being investigated by ED is how Michel attempted to exclude TATA and HAL from the competition and tried to mask the deal as a British deal. He is believed to have obtained inside information from various sources and misuse them to swing the deal in Agusta’s favor, for which he might be charged under the sections of the OSA.

It was revealed earlier that Michel had inside information of the movement of files pertaining to the Agusta deal and had allegedly even mentioned in his communications to Giuseppe Orsi, Agusta’s CEO, that the PMO has ensured the deal faces no obstacle. His communication with Giuseppe Orsi has also revealed that Michel had insights into the working and meetings of the Cabinet Committee for Security (CCS).

Michel is also being accused of sending documents pertaining to critical details of internal security meetings, CCS meetings and movement of files in the PMO abroad to AugustaWestland’s CEO and others.

Michel is accused of receiving kickbacks to the tunes of 24.25 million euros and 1,60,96,245 pounds from the AgustaWestland deal.

As per the ET report, though Michel is yet to name the beneficiaries of the chopper deal kickbacks, the CBI and ED have unearthed the in-flow of large sums of money to Michel. The role of a senior Congress leader’s son, who ‘arranged’ the transactions too is being allegedly probed.

Michel is reportedly being made to write down his answers and the names of persons who he was in contact with. ‘Mrs. Gandhi’s’ name has popped up in the list, written in Michel’s own handwriting, claimed the ET report.

KRBL, a Basmati Rice Exporting company is also being probed as Gautam Khaitan, a lawyer who is a co-accused in the case, was the joint director of the company from 2007 to 2013. ED sources have reportedly mentioned that the proceeds of the kickbacks and bribes were being laundered through Rawasi Al Khaleej General Trading, a subsidiary of KRBL. KRBL had reportedly denied receiving kickback money or laundering it.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Nithyananda bans Indians from entering Kailasa citing Covid-19, issues guidelines for ’embassies’ around the world

Sri Nithyananda of Kailasa has banned travelers from India into his fledgling nation amidst the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the last few days, availability of Liquid Medical Oxygen increased by 3300 MT per day: Here’s what was discussed in PM’s high-level meeting

The high-level meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Home Secretary, Health Secretary & Officials from Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Road Transport, Pharmaceuticals, and NITI Aayog members.

Prime Minister Modi cancels political rallies on 23rd April in West Bengal, to hold a high-level meeting to review COVID-19 situation

Amidst the raging second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and informed that he was cancelling his political engagements in West Bengal tomorrow

Indian Air Force, Railways step in to transport oxygen cylinders, essential medicines to combat COVID-19

In a recent virtual meeting, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh was briefed about the measures taken by the Armed Forces in order to combat COVID-19

Congress’ attack against Covishield continues, now spreads fake news of ‘one vaccine, 3 rates’ from official Twitter handle

The previous low price was a part of SII's commitment to GOI and some other countries for sharing the risk of production. After the current 'under contract' 110 million doses are delivered, SII will sell to GOI at Rs 400 per dose, same as states.

18+ can register for Covid vaccination from April 28. Here is the procedure

Registration for Covid-19 vaccine phase 3 for 18-45 years age group to begin on April 28

Recently Popular

Priyanka Gandhi’s Twitter faux pas, takes three attempts for condolence tweet

At 10:38 AM, four minutes after her first tweet, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted correct condolence message to correct intended recipient on third attempt.

No masks, abuses and ruckus: How a Shiv Sena corporator abuses power to threaten doctors on duty

The doctors of Bhagwati Hospital have threatened to resign after being humiliated by the Shiv Sena corporator.

Sitaram Yechury’s son passes away due to Covid-19

The CPI(M) General Secretary in his tweet thanked all the medical staff who treated his son Ashish Yechury

AAP supported farmer protests hampering war against Covid-19, oxygen supplier writes to GOI saying tankers delayed due to roadblocks by protestors

Inox Air Products said that they are facing delays in Delhi while transporting oxygen due to road blockades by the farmer protestors

NDTV journalist Gargi Rawat Ansari shows how she is willing to sacrifice human lives so propaganda continues to reign supreme

NDTV journalist Gargi Rawat Ansari is married to Yusuf Ahmad Ansari, the great-grandson of former Congress President Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari
- Advertisement -


Connect with us