Republic TV has accessed the latest Enforcement Directorate (ED) chargesheet in the AgustaWestland case. This chargesheet serves as fresh evidence in extradition case of AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel.
A Dubai court has asked Christian Michel to be present in the next hearing on 26th August. Sources in the agency say that this chargesheet will be a part of the evidence that has been submitted to the Dubai authorities.
In its recent chargesheet, ED has revealed the flow of kickbacks from Michel to the Indian bureaucrats and politicians.
According to the chargesheet, middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke , former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi through Tyagi brothers in connivance with accused Gautam Khaitan and others conspired to launder the money for payment of kickbacks paid by AgustaWestland to various government officials, politicians and private persons by projecting the tainted money as untainted through various companies owned or controlled by then in different countries under several disguised/ sham services/ consultancy agreements.
However, in this chargesheet, ED has not named any politician. ED has also alleged that Guido Haschke received € 2,100,000 in the account of Calumet SA Switzerland and from accounts of Interstellar Technologies, Mauritius. It is suspected these companies acted as front companies to receive and send kickbacks.
According to ED, Tyagis’ purchased properties of worth at least Rs 121,605,102 using the illegal money. ED has also considered the documents seized by Swiss police from the home of Haschke’s mother which reveals that 10,500,000 Euro was owed to Tyagi brothers. Out of this 3,000,000 Euro was transferred and 270,000 Euro was paid in cash.
34 people have been named in the chargesheet which includes Shivani Saxena and Rajeev Saxena
Earlier in July, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a comprehensive Chargesheet which explained money laundering in detail and how money was allegedly paid as kickbacks and was routed by the accused using foreign banks.
On July 18, the middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper scam- James Christian Michel was arrested in Dubai.
As per reports, Michel was brought into the deal at the last stage and he allegedly took bribes on behalf of Indian Netas. The alleged links to top-notch ministers are being investigated.
However, in a massive set back for the Indian agencies, he was granted a bail by the Dubai court on July 31. Christian Michel will re-appear in the court on August 26 for the next hearing. This came as a result of the Indian government's failure to hire a UAE prosecutor to present the case in court. During the hearing, the court clearly stated that there was no evidence against Michel. However, Christian Michel's lawyer Rosemary Patrizi was not present in the court.