CBI grills Michel who seeks consular access

CBI grills Michel who seeks consular access

Agency News

NEW DELHI, Dec. 6: As the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) continued questioning of Christian Michel on the second day on Thursday in the Rs. 3600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal which was cancelled four years ago on charges of bribery.

CBI spokesperson said that questioning of Christian Michel regarding AgustaWestland was underway. Michel, a British national, was extradited from Dubai two days ago and the agency got him on remand through a Patiala House court here. The spokesperson said that CBI has received consular access of Michel through Ministry of External Affairs. His lawyer also met with him on Thursday in the CBI headquarters.

In his weekly media briefing, MEA's official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: ``After following all due process and after exhausting all judicial processes, Christian Michel was extradited to India. The matter is being handled by CBI. This is an example of cooperation between India and UAE and close strategic ties between them.'

He said that a request for consular access has been received by the ministry which was being examined. ``We will revert to British High Commission soon,' he added. UNI