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VVIP chopper deal: Michel's driver spills the beans

He has divulged crucial information about contacts of the British national, say officials

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Publish Date: May 8 2016 2:15PM | Updated Date: May 8 2016 2:17PM

VVIP chopper deal: Michel's driver spills the beans
Investigators have got some important clue related to Christian Michel, an alleged defence middleman, on his Indian contacts and fund sources, after questioning his local driver in national capital in connection with the money laundering probe in about  Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper contract. 
 
Authorities said Michel's driver was questioned by ED extensively in the last few days and he has divulged crucial information about contacts of the British national who has emerged as the vital link in the case where agencies are investigating alleged payment of kickbacks that helped swing the deal in favour of AgustaWestland for supply of 12 choppers for flying VVIPs.
 
They also claimed the driver was getting money and this could help probing agencies in finding activities of Michel against whom both ED and CBI have got Interpol Red Corner Notices for arrest. 
 
The driver, sources said, worked with Michel for close to four years. He used to pick up Michel from his hotel in national capital and took him to his contacts in Lutyens Delhi.
 
Though the driver had been interrogated by the agencies earlier too, they came across some crucial leads recently when ED sleuths searched his premises and are understood to have seized some documents, phones and a few other things which could throw light on Michel's role in the scandal.