AgustaWestland Deal accused middlemen Christian Michel (File Photo)
AgustaWestland Deal accused middlemen Christian Michel (File Photo)

Christian Michel alleges threatening by CBI, investigators deny claims

ANI | Updated: Mar 05, 2019 17:36 IST

New Delhi (India) Mar 5 (ANI): "CBI officials threatened my client when they met him in London," Christian Michel’s Counsel Alio K Joseph told a Delhi court on Tuesday.
Joseph told the Patiala House Court that top officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) met Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland case, in London and said, “If you are coming to India and you do not make required confessions, you are going to have a tough time in jail. This is exactly what is happening."
Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) DP Singh, who appeared on behalf of the CBI, denied the allegations levelled by Michel's counsel. 
As the hearing proceeded, the Jail Superintendent who was summoned by Special CBI Judge Arvind said Michel was moved to a special cell for high-risk prisoners following the Pulwama terror attack.
The authorities submitted that shifting Michel, who is a foreign inmate, would be appropriate as a temporary measure.
In February, Michel had moved an application before the court seeking judicial inquiry over being shifted to a solitary cell in Tihar Jail and an apparent violation of human rights.
On March 2, he moved another application claiming that he was not given privacy to use the toilet. He had claimed that he was made to use open toilets and two guards accompanied him at all times
Replying to this claim, the Enforcement Directorate told the court, “Michel's allegations of attending to nature call in the open is false and an attempt to bring a bad name to the country.”
"Allegations made in the complaint are mischievous and made to look down upon Indian jails and create a crisis which is not there. This is their third application citing inconvenience in the jail," CBI said in its reply to Michel’s plea.
The premier investigation agency also contended that it is being done to create a ground for other criminals who are abroad and about to come back. They want to make a ground for them.
“This is nothing but scandalising the court as there is no open defecation in Indian jails,” Singh said on behalf of CBI while responding to Joseph.
Michel, who was extradited from the UAE in December last year, is currently lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with the CBI and ED cases against him related to the AgustaWestland deal. (ANI)