New Delhi (Sputnik): British middleman Christian Michel has alleged mental torture in India's biggest prison, Tihar Jail in New Delhi, and asked the authority concerned to shift him to one of the normal prison cells. Michel, who is accused of bribing defence officials in the multi-million bribery case, has written a letter to a special judge alleging that he has been lodged in a high-security cell with terrorists and 160 other hardened criminals. He added that his cell is located in an isolated place inside the prison premises.
Hearing the plea, the court in Delhi has sought a response from the jail authorities on Tuesday. The Enforcement Directorate — the agency investigating the AgustaWestland chopper corruption case — has also sought permission to question Michel within the jail's premises.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar also issued a production warrant for Tuesday against Michel after his lawyer alleged mental torture inside jail.https://t.co/jQYM00MqC9— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) March 11, 2019
The deal inlying the alleged involvement of Christian Michel is valued at $753 million for 12 choppers was meant for the communication squadron of the Indian Air Force. The choppers were to be used to ferry the president, prime minister, and other dignitaries.
The former Indian Air Force chief Shashindra Pal Tyagi, who retired from service in 2007, along with his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and the mastermind behind the bribery case, Gautam Khaitan, were arrested in December 2016. India's Central Bureau of Investigation had alleged that chopper specifications were revised in 2005 after AgustaWestland company officials reached out to Tyagi through middlemen, offering him a hefty kickback. The deal was tweaked and as a result, the contract was eventually awarded over to AgustaWestland in 2010.