Michel gets ac­cess to con­sulate

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Sid­hant Sibal

New Delhi: British of­fi­cials have been granted con­sular ac­cess to meet the al­leged key mid­dle­man in Agus­taWest­land case Chris­tian Michel. Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs spokesper­son Raveesh Ku­mar said, “I can con­firm Chris­tian Michel has been granted con­sular ac­cess.”

A sec­ond sec­re­tary level of­fi­cer from the British High Com­mis­sion met Michel on Thurs­day. The British High Com­mis­sion also con­firmed it, say­ing, “Our staff are sup­port­ing a British man who is de­tained in In­dia, and have vis­ited him to check his wel­fare”. The High Com­mis­sion had re­quested In­dia to grant con­sular ac­cess to Michel last month when he was ex­tra­dited from the United Arab Emi­rates. Michel, who de­spite be­ing a British Na­tional, was ex­tra­dited from a UAE in De­cem­ber 2018. The op­er­a­tion to get him back was named op­er­a­tion ‘Uni­corn’ and ac­cord­ing to the CBI it was “car­ried out un­der the guid­ance of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Ajit Do­val” and was “co­or­di­nated by in­terim CBI Di­rec­tor M Nageswar Rao”

The ex­tra­di­tion of Michel is be­ing con­sid­ered a shot in the arm for the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment just be­fore the 2019 polls. Re­act­ing to the ex­tra­di­tion PM Modi had said, “We’ve caught a

‘raaz­daar’ of chop­per scam and brought him here. The en­tire (Gandhi) fam­ily is now scared of the things which will be re­vealed.”

Ac­cord­ing to the ED, dur­ing an in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Michel had taken the name of “Mr Gandhi”, though the ref­er­ence wasn’t clear. He had spo­ken about “the son of the Ital­ian lady”.

Chris­tian Michel is a British na­tional ex­tra­dited from the UAE

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