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The applications said Christian Michel never sought to evade the process of law, and that no purpose will be served by keeping him in further custody.

Delhi court dismisses Christian Michel bail pleas in chopper case

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 04:06 AM IST
  • Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant relief to the British national, who was extradited from Dubai in 2018.
In this file picture from 2018, James Christian Michel (C) the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, being produced at a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court, in Patiala House Court, in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
In this file picture from 2018, James Christian Michel (C) the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, being produced at a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court, in Patiala House Court, in New Delhi. (HT Photo)

UK minister on India visit may raise Michel detention

By Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2021 01:37 AM IST
Ahmad, who is seen as the lead UK minister for Michel’s case, is expected to raise the matter during his meetings with interlocutors in New Delhi.
Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, was produced before a Delhi court on Saturday.(REUTERS)
Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, was produced before a Delhi court on Saturday.(REUTERS)

UN expert panel seeks release of Agusta case accused Christian Michel

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 02:08 AM IST
The findings of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), which operates under the office of the UN high commissioner for human rights, released its findings in Michel’s case late on Friday in Geneva.
File photo of Christian Michel.(HT)
File photo of Christian Michel.(HT)

News updates from Hindustan Times: AgustaWestland scam accused cites Covid-19 risk in bail plea, SC declines and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 04:55 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
File phot of Christian Michel. (HT)
File phot of Christian Michel. (HT)

AgustaWestland scam accused cites Covid-19 risk in bail plea, SC declines

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 04:02 PM IST
Christian Michel, 59, had prayed for interim bail stating that the Covid-19 pandemic posed a grave risk to him considering his age.
AgustaWestland scam accused middleman Michel Christian is in judicial custody from January 2019 and has been lodged in Tihar jail for 16 months now. He was extradited by the CBI from Dubai in December 2018.(AP File)
AgustaWestland scam accused middleman Michel Christian is in judicial custody from January 2019 and has been lodged in Tihar jail for 16 months now. He was extradited by the CBI from Dubai in December 2018.(AP File)

Alleged middleman Michel bail plea over Covid-19 denied; you are in a separate cell, says judge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2020 02:42 PM IST
Justice Mukta Gupta said that the petitioner is lodged in a separate cell with only two other prisoners and thus, is not in a barrack or dormitory where there are a number of prisons.
AgustaWestland scam accused middleman Michel Christian(AP file photo)
AgustaWestland scam accused middleman Michel Christian(AP file photo)

Chopper scam: Court dismisses Christian Michel’s plea for action against ED, CBI officials

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 06:35 PM IST
Michel had moved the court seeking inquiry to be conducted into the entry of agency officials into the jail without seeking prior permission from the court.
A Delhi court has sought responses from the CBI and the ED on a plea by Christian Michel seeking an enquiry against the two probe agencies for allegedly trying to interfere with the consular access given to him.(PTI File Photo)
A Delhi court has sought responses from the CBI and the ED on a plea by Christian Michel seeking an enquiry against the two probe agencies for allegedly trying to interfere with the consular access given to him.(PTI File Photo)

Court seeks CBI, ED reply on Christian Michel plea in Agusta case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2019 03:56 AM IST
Filed through advocate Sriram Parakkat on November 8, the plea said the officials of the probe agencies checked all the articles and books sent by the family through the British High Commission. “Even though it is objected by the consular they tried to go through the articles which were carried by the consular...,” the plea said.
Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the ED and the CBI. The other two are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.(HT image)
Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the ED and the CBI. The other two are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.(HT image)

Christian Michel’s bail pleas in CBI, ED cases junked

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 07:18 AM IST
Special Judge Arvind Kumar rejected Michel’s applications in cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), saying there was no sufficient ground to grant the relief.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed Michel’s regular bail plea but a Delhi court on Thursday reserved its order on his regular bail plea.(PTI FILE)
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed Michel’s regular bail plea but a Delhi court on Thursday reserved its order on his regular bail plea.(PTI FILE)

AgustaWestland case: Delhi court reserves order on Christian Michel’s bail plea

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 08:08 PM IST
Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar said the order will be passed on September 7.
A Delhi court on Monday found a complaint by Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, that he has lost 16 kilogram, to be “incorrect” after Tihar Jail doctors submitted that he has lost only 1.1 kg since March.(File Photo)
A Delhi court on Monday found a complaint by Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, that he has lost 16 kilogram, to be “incorrect” after Tihar Jail doctors submitted that he has lost only 1.1 kg since March.(File Photo)

Delhi court finds Christian Michel weight loss complaint ‘incorrect’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2019 08:17 AM IST
Michel’s counsel submitted that he may have lost 16 kg since December when he was arrested.
Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the scrapped AgustaWestland helicopter deal, on Thursday complained to a court in Delhi about the quality of food he was getting in Tihar jail(PTI)
Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the scrapped AgustaWestland helicopter deal, on Thursday complained to a court in Delhi about the quality of food he was getting in Tihar jail(PTI)

Christian Michel wants western food, permission to visit church

New Delhi | By Namita Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2019 12:06 AM IST
Michel sought western food in jail and permission to go to church. Michel, 58, complained to the special CBI court that he was being given only boiled vegetables and has lost 16 kilograms since December 4 when he was extradited to India from Dubai.
Michel was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on December 22 last year after his extradition from Dubai.(PTI/File Photo)
Michel was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on December 22 last year after his extradition from Dubai.(PTI/File Photo)

Delhi court issues fresh summons against Christian Michel’s business partner in VVIP chopper case

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 03:39 PM IST
Special judge Arvind Kumar summoned Christian Michel and business partner Syms, named as an accused in the supplementary charge sheet, to appear before the court.
File photo of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal.(PTI)
File photo of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal.(PTI)

Delhi court reserves order on Christian Michel’s plea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2019 11:23 AM IST
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on April 11 had submitted a status report in a sealed cover, informing the court about the alleged leak.
London-based lawyers acting on behalf of Christian Michel, currently in jail in India for his alleged role in corruption in the sale of AgustaWestland helicopters in 2010, have filed an “urgent communication” with UN bodies, seeking their intervention to secure his release.(AP)
London-based lawyers acting on behalf of Christian Michel, currently in jail in India for his alleged role in corruption in the sale of AgustaWestland helicopters in 2010, have filed an “urgent communication” with UN bodies, seeking their intervention to secure his release.(AP)

Christian Michel’s lawyers ask UN to secure release

London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2019 05:25 AM IST
The communication was filed by Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi.(PTI file photo)
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi.(PTI file photo)

Augusta accused Christian Michel seeks bail to celebrate Easter, court says no

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 05:01 PM IST
A Delhi court on Thursday rejected an interim bail plea of British national Christian Michel -- an alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AugustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case -- for celebrating Easter.
Michel Christian, the alleged middleman arrested in AgustaWestland case, has denied telling names of any person to the Enforcement Directorate during his questioning by the agency.(AP)
Michel Christian, the alleged middleman arrested in AgustaWestland case, has denied telling names of any person to the Enforcement Directorate during his questioning by the agency.(AP)

Govt misusing ED, never named any person: Christian Michel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2019 01:16 AM IST
Alleged middleman Christian Michel, arrested in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, has told a Delhi court that he did not name anyone during his questioning by the Enforcement Directorate.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala(Sushil Kumar/HT FILE PHOTO)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala(Sushil Kumar/HT FILE PHOTO)

‘Election stunt’: Congress attacks BJP over Christian Michel chargesheet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 06:26 PM IST
Jaitley questioned the “silence” of Gandhi over the chargesheet filed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Christian Michel, the arrested alleged middleman, in the VVIP chopper case.
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Christian Michel’s statement records were also submitted and mentioned in the supplementary chargesheet.(PTI)
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Christian Michel’s statement records were also submitted and mentioned in the supplementary chargesheet.(PTI)

In ED’s supplementary chargesheet in Agusta Westland case, Christian Michel’s partner named as accused

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 03:00 PM IST
David Syms, the partner of alleged AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel, has also been named as an accused.
In January, within days of Michel’s extradition, Tihar officials held a meeting to choose a safe space inside the jail for him.(AP)
In January, within days of Michel’s extradition, Tihar officials held a meeting to choose a safe space inside the jail for him.(AP)

‘European breakfast, new cell’: Many demands of Tihar inmate Christian Michel

New Delhi | By Prawesh Lama
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2019 10:18 AM IST
Michel, 58, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland deal for the supply of a dozen helicopters to ferry around VVIPs, was extradited to India from Dubai in December.
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian(PTI file photo)
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian(PTI file photo)

Don’t keep Christian Michel in solitary cell, says Delhi court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Namita Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2019 11:31 PM IST
A Delhi court on Tuesday directed that Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal currently lodged in Tihar Jail, be kept out of solitary confinement.
Justice Mukta Gupta issued notices to Michel and the Central Bureau of Investigation on the plea by the jail authorities who have contended that the trial court judge had erred in passing the order allowing Michel to make overseas call.(PTI)
Justice Mukta Gupta issued notices to Michel and the Central Bureau of Investigation on the plea by the jail authorities who have contended that the trial court judge had erred in passing the order allowing Michel to make overseas call.(PTI)

Delhi HC seeks response on Christian Michel calls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2019 12:02 AM IST
The Delhi High Court Monday sought responses from Christian Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, and the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tihar Jail authorities’ plea challenging an order allowing him to make international phone calls in violation of prison rules.
A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed officers of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore deal for 12 AgustaWestland helicopters.(PTI)
A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed officers of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate Christian Michel, an alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore deal for 12 AgustaWestland helicopters.(PTI)

Enforcement Directorate gets court nod to question Christian Michel

New delhi | By Namita Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2019 11:43 PM IST
The court also granted permission to Michel’s counsel to be present for half an hour during each slotted interrogation.
AgustaWestland scam accused middleman Michel Christian.(AP file photo)
AgustaWestland scam accused middleman Michel Christian.(AP file photo)

Court asks Tihar jail authorities to produce Christian Michel before it today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 07:07 AM IST
A Delhi court on Monday sought a response from Tihar jail authorities on a plea filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper scam.
Across the 400-acre complex, overcrowding is a perennial problem — 15,000 prisoners are lodged in space meant for not more than 6,200 inmates.(HT File Photo)
Across the 400-acre complex, overcrowding is a perennial problem — 15,000 prisoners are lodged in space meant for not more than 6,200 inmates.(HT File Photo)

In Tihar’s most heavily guarded wing, only four high-value prisoners

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prawesh Lama
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 07:19 AM IST
The four are underworld don Chhota Rajan, gangster-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, Delhi gangster Neeraj Bawana and suspected middleman Christian Michel.
Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal currently lodged in the Tihar Jail, has been moved to a high-security ward because of threat perception against him in the wake of the Pulwama attack, prison authorities informed a Delhi court on Tuesday.(PTI file photo)
Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal currently lodged in the Tihar Jail, has been moved to a high-security ward because of threat perception against him in the wake of the Pulwama attack, prison authorities informed a Delhi court on Tuesday.(PTI file photo)

AgustaWestland: Christian Michel moved to high-security ward, court told

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Namita Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 12:38 AM IST
Christian Michel James has been moved to a high-security ward because of threat perception against him in the wake of the Pulwama attack, prison authorities informed a Delhi court on Tuesday.
Christian Michel (C), the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, being produced at a CBI court in Patiala House Court in New Delhi, Saturday, Dec 15, 2018.(PTI file photo)
Christian Michel (C), the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, being produced at a CBI court in Patiala House Court in New Delhi, Saturday, Dec 15, 2018.(PTI file photo)

AgustaWestland: Michel claims in court CBI asked him to implicate certain persons

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 07:00 AM IST
Christian Michel, arrested in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, alleged before a Delhi court on Tuesday that CBI had asked him in Dubai to implicate certain persons in the case, failing which he would face problems in jail .
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi.(PTI file photo)
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi.(PTI file photo)

Court notice to Tihar DG over shifting Christian Michel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2019 11:03 PM IST
Delhi court issued notice to DG of Tihar jail and the superintendent of Jail No 2 after Christian Michel moved a plea through his counsel, seeking judicial enquiry over being shifted to a solitary cell in Tihar jail without recording any reasons.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar said Michel has been lodged in jail for the last 70 days, and asked what happened so suddenly due to which he has now been shifted to the high security ward.(AP/File Photo)
Special Judge Arvind Kumar said Michel has been lodged in jail for the last 70 days, and asked what happened so suddenly due to which he has now been shifted to the high security ward.(AP/File Photo)

Delhi court pulls up Tihar jail authorities for failing to justify shifting of Christian Michel

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 08:37 AM IST
A Delhi court on Thursday lashed out at Tihar Jail authorities for failing to justify shifting of Christian Michel, arrested in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, to a high security cell in isolation, saying it will start an inquiry if it does not get a proper response.
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi, on early Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.(PTI file photo)
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi, on early Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.(PTI file photo)

ED, CBI oppose Agusta accused Christian Michel’s bail

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Namita Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2019 11:51 PM IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate have, in separate responses, opposed Christian Michel’s bail plea alleging that he might “evade the process of law.”
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