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VVIP chopper scam case: Middleman Christian Michel moves Delhi court seeking bail

Christian Michel has filed his bail plea in Delhi's Patiala House Court.

VVIP chopper scam case: Middleman Christian Michel moves Delhi court seeking bail

NEW DELHI: Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam case, has moved a Delhi court on Friday seeking bail in cases filed against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate.

ANI reported that Christian Michel has approached Delhi's Patiala House Court for bail in connection with the cases filed against him by the CBI and ED.

In his plea, his counsel said that chargesheet filed against Michel was not filed within the stipulated time frame of 60 days.

Responding to his plea, Special Judge Arvind Kumar sought the agencies' reply by February 12, when the court will hear the matter.

Michel's bail application contended that the probe is complete.

"Since, the chargesheet was not filed against him within the stipulated 60-day period under section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The probe is complete. I'm in custody since December 22, 2018," Michel said in the petition.

British national Michel, extradited from Dubai, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on December 22 last year.

On January 5, Michel was sent to judicial custody in the ED case. He is also lodged in judicial custody in the CBI case related to the scam.

Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 

The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.