Update at 3:52 PM: Judge restricts the time limits of lawyers to meet Michel to 15 minutes every morning and evening
Update at 3:48 PM: Patiala House Court judge orders Michel’s lawyers to maintain a 3 feet distance while meeting him
Update at 3:38 PM: Patiala House Court grants 7 days further custody of Christian Michel to ED for further interrogation
In what may come as a major jolt to the Gandhi family in the AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper deal scam case, Enforcement Directorate has told the Patiala House Court that Christian Michel, who was extradited earlier in December, has named one "Mrs Gandhi". However, ED didn't disclose on what reference Michel named a 'Mrs Gandhi' during the interrogation.
Later, ED also stated that Michel has also spoken about “the son of the Italian lady” and how he is going to become the “next prime minister of the country”.
Furthermore, during the hearing, ED also told the Patiala House Court that Christian Michel has identified how HAL(Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) was removed from the deal and the deal was offered to Tata instead. ED also seeks to ban Michel's lawyer's access to him alleging that the investigation in the case is being tampered. ED alleges that Michel is being tutored from the 'outside' through his lawyers.
It further seeks to confront Michel about his various visits to India and the people involved in the case.
We need to decipher who the “big man” referred to as “R” is in the communication between Michel and other people.," said ED officials to the Patiala House Court.
Earlier in December, Christian Michel was extradited to India from Dubai through a high-security CBI-led procedure. Christian Michel James has been described as a historical consultant of AgustaWestland/Westland Helicopters, UK with technical operational knowledge of the aircraft, the military bases and the pilots, by the CBI.
He is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.