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VVIP chopper scam: Know the man authorities are after

Italian prosecutors alleged Michel was an important player in the VVIP chopper contract

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Publish Date: Apr 27 2016 11:40AM | Updated Date: Apr 27 2016 11:45AM

VVIP chopper scam: Know the man authorities are after

 You want to know about the most mysterious character, who was paid around Rs 330 crore in VVIP chopper deal and because of whom, BJP and Congress hurling accusations at each other?

 
Well, his name is Christian Michel, a British businessman, who was paid millions of dollars by AgustaWestland.
 
According to ‘The Economic Times’ report, large portion of the money paid by AgustaWestland to Michel, is "completely disproportionate" to the work he did for the firm — that's how Milan Court of Appeals describes the man Indian agencies have been seeking. 
 
Interpol had issued a red corner notice against Michel on India's request in December 2015.
 
Prosecutors in Italy had argued that Michel and Guido Hashke, a Swiss-Italian national, both influenced Indian officials to pick Agusta's choppers. 
 
The court, which has held that Agusta sale involved fraud, has added a full chapter to Michel in its judgement.
 
Italian prosecutors alleged Michel was an important player in the VVIP chopper contract. 
 
Michel had earlier issued statements on his readiness to cooperate in the probe in return for immunity from prosecution.
 
Court has noted that Michel was paid over 44 million euros by AgustaWestland for several contracts, which included a contract to supply spare parts for Indian naval helicopters and a deal for the VVIP chopper agreement.