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    Michel is one of the three middlemen being probed by India’s Federal Investigation Agency (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the case involving the purchase of VVIP AgustaWestland helicopters. Michel has denied the charges framed against him by the Indian investigators in the case.

    India has given the British High Commission consular access to the accused middleman Christian Michel in the AugustaWestland helicopter deal case, who is presently lodged in an Indian Jail.

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    Michel is one of three middlemen being probed by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case involving the purchase of VVIP AgustaWestland helicopters. He was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates on 4 December last year. 

    The other two people being investigated in the case are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. As per media reports, Michel has denied the charges framed against him by the Indian investigators in the case.

    "Our staff personnel are supporting a British man who is detained in India, and have visited him to check his welfare," the British High Commission said in a statement, according to ANI.

    The helicopter deal was signed and scrapped by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by the Congress party. The investigation into the deal has now turned into the subject of a political fight between the opposition party Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The face-off is quite intense, especially as Congress has gone on the offensive against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, alleging a scam in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet purchase deal signed with France.

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    Meanwhile, Christian Michel has also moved an application before a special CBI court seeking permission to make international calls to his family, friends and to his lawyers. The court has asked the jail superintendent to submit a report on January 14.


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