New Delhi, Apr 6 : Special Judge Arvind Kumar, on Saturday, after hearing the submission on behalf of Directorate of Enforcement, passed a summoning order against David Nigel John Syms, an alleged middleman and business partner of British businessman Christian Michel, a co-accused arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers scandal.
Directorate of Enforcement had filed a charge sheet against Mr Michel in June 2016, alleging that he had received 30 million euros (about Rs 225 crore) from armaments major AgustaWestland to facilitate the deal to buy helicopters to ferry VVIPs. Central Bureau of Investigation had alleged a loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth 556.262 million euros.
Investigating agency had submitted to the court that Mr Michel received 24.25 million euros and 1,60,96,245 pounds from the AgustaWestland deal and ED had identified the properties of Michel purchased with the proceeds of the crime. ED arrested Mr Michel on December 22 last year after his extradition from Dubai. Special Judge Arvind Kumar after hearing the submission on behalf of ED passed a summoning order against David Nigel John Syms, an alleged middleman named as an accused in the supplementary charge sheet and two firms Global Services FZE and Global Traders. (UNI)