Delhi’s Patiala Court has fixed February 12 as the date for hearing the bail plea moved by Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case. The application will be heard by CBI Judge Arvind Kumar.
The Court has sought responses from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Christian Michel's bail plea.
Michel in his bail plea filed through Advocates Sriram Parakkat, Aljo K Joseph, and Vishnu Shankar, has contended that ED had failed to file a chargesheet in the AgustaWestland case against him within 60 days of his arrest as provided under Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure and is, therefore, liable to be set free on bail.
“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). Probe is complete. I''m in custody since December 22, 2018," Michel said in the petition.
Earlier, CBI Judge Arwind Kumar had on January 5, sent Michel to judicial custody till February 26.
Pertinently, Michel is under custody since his extradition from Dubai on December 4, 2018, initially under CBI and then was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on December 22.
ED probing the case against Michel, in its charge sheet had claimed that Michel in June 2016, had received about Rs. 225 crore from AgustaWestland deal and played a prime role into a criminal conspiracy with co-accused persons, including the then IAF chief SP Tyagi and his kin.