AgustaWestland chopper case: Christian Michel tried to pass confidential papers to counsel, ED to SC
The investigating agency told the bench that the role of Michel is clearly established and the offence of money laundering is squarely made out against him.
It was alleged that chopper specifications were altered from the original deal to benefit AgustaWestland. Reports later pegged that the overall deal was worth Rs 3,600 crore.
The court issued notice to the CBI and ED on Michael's bail pleas and sought their responses within four weeks and listed the matter for hearing in July.
Notably, the state government had hired a private chopper for Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel when he recently visited several districts as part of a public interaction campaign.
Kunte and Santosh retired as air commodores. The alleged scam relates to the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland.
Christian Michel is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail in connection with Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.
A special CBI court had recently granted bail to Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
Puri will however remain in jail as he was also arrested in another case -- the one related to bank fraud.
Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Ratul Puri told the court that there is no evidence that his client had received money through two channels.
The court had dismissed his bail plea previously.
The BJP government in the state is battling allegations of corruption in the chopper deal on the purchase of a helicopter from AgustaWestland in 2006-07 for VVIP use.
Earlier this week, INS Kiltan-Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvettes joined the eastern naval command but without any offensive capability which ca be useful to detect enemy submarines.
Delhi court dismissed the bail plea of a woman director of two Dubai-based firms in money laundering case related to the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal, saying allegations against her were serious.
The arrest of the European middleman was made on the basis of an Interpol notice activated by the ED in connection with its money laundering probe in the ₹3,600 crore VVIP choppers deal case.
On September 13, the ED charge-sheeted Shivani Saxena under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court on Monday adjourned the matter in regard with the Rs. 3,700-crore AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper Scam case.
The charge sheet also named others including Tyagi's cousin Sanjeev alias Julie and advocate Gautam Khaitan.