UK agent offers help in AgustaWestland chopper deal probe
NEW DELHI: A British arms dealer wanted in India in the nowscrapped AgustaWestland chopper deal has offered to “assist” in the probe provided he is not arrested, HT has learnt.
Christian Michel, 55, made the offer in a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November, two months before he wrote to two international courts alleging that the Indian government sought evidence to link Congress president Sonia Gandhi to the chopper deal.
In his letter to Modi, Michel did not mention Gandhi though he referred to the meeting between t he I ndian Prime Minister and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi wherein the BJP gover nment allegedly sought evidence against Gandhi in exchange for freeing two Italian marines who allegedly killed two fishermen off the Indian coast in 2012.
Top government sources told Hindustan Times that the government wants to exhaust all legal options before considering Michel’s offer for help.
Michel said on Thursday he stood by his offer. “Yes, my offer to the Indian investigative agencies is still valid,” Michel said in an email response.
Hindustan Times has a copy of the letter written by the controversial arms dealer, who allegedly helped AgustaWestland secure the Rs 3,727-crore contract to supply 12 VVIP helicopters to the Indian Air Force.
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