‘Flight risk’: ED opposes AugustaWestland case accused Christian Michel’s bail plea

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a counter affidavit earlier than the Supreme Court docket opposing the grant of bail to AugustaWestland case accused Christian Michel James.

‘Flight risk': ED opposes AugustaWestland case accused Christian Michel's bail plea

Christian Michel James, the alleged intermediary within the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal. (File photograph/PTI)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a counter affidavit earlier than the Supreme Court docket opposing the grant of bail to AugustaWestland case accused Christian Michel James saying that he’s a flight threat and his extradition had been obtained with excessive difficulties and procedural impediments.

The affidavit has been filed towards Michel’s attraction difficult Delhi Excessive Court docket’s order dismissing his bail pleas.

The ED has stated that in custodial interrogation, Christian James Michel tried to move confidential papers to his counsel on the time of authorized entry.

Based on the ED, Michel not being a citizen of India is a flight threat and his extradition has been obtained with excessive difficulties and procedural impediments. The Enforcement Directorate apprehends that if he’s enlarged on bail, he may flee to keep away from the investigation.

“Michel has dedicated a grave financial offence of giant magnitude and has thereafter laundered the proceeds of crime,” as per the ED.

It added that it’s settled legislation that financial offences represent a category aside and should be visited with a unique strategy within the matter of bail.

“The classification of financial offences in a unique class itself is a transparent jurisprudential recognition of the gravity of the offence being judicially recognised as a particularly related issue whereas contemplating issues concerning bail. The categorisation of any offence as an “financial offence” is an train which depicts the gravity of such an offence,” ED famous.

The ED has additionally submitted that cash laundering, on this case, has primarily been

affected by the accused individuals by two channels. The kingpin of 1 channel is the applicant.

AUGUSTAWESTLAND CHOPPER CASE

Christian James Michel, one of many three middlemen being probed within the case apart from Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, is dealing with investigation by each the CBI and the ED in reference to the AugustaWestland case. He was arrested in 2018 after he was extradited from Dubai.

Michel, the alleged intermediary arrested within the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, is a key hyperlink to unearthing the modus operandi behind the cost of kickbacks within the Rs 3,700 crore deal.

A Supreme Court docket bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud had in Might this yr issued a discover in his petition.

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