Christian Michel to be Extradited to India Tonight, Probe in AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper Scam Regains Momentum
Christian James Michel, a British middleman wanted by Indian investigative agencies in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam | (Photo Credits: Twitter/Screenshot)

New Delhi, December 4: Christian James Michel, a British middleman wanted by Indian investigative agencies in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, has been taken to the Dubai International Airport to extradite him to India, said reports.

The Gulf daily Khaleej Times reported that he had been taken to the Dubai International Airport for taking a flight to Delhi.

Official sources in Delhi indicated that Michel will land in India late in the night.

The action comes after the Court of Cassation here had in November upheld a lower court order which said that Michel could be extradited to India.

According to the report, Michel was kept under detention at the Dubai Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as per the Indian government's request. The extradition is undertaken in coordination with the Interpol and the CID.

Michel is one of three middlemen being probed in the case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the scam.

In January, the ED had lodged a request with the UAE authorities for extraditing Michel. Both the ED and the CBI had filed chargesheets in bribery cases in Indian courts and non-bailable warrants had been issued against the accused. Last year, a Red Corner notice was issued against Michel by the Interpol on a request by the CBI.