Briton held over chopper deal:
Indian Muslims and activists take part in a protest to mark the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the 16th century Babri Masjid located in Ayodhya, in Mumbai on Dec 6. Hindu zealots reduced the Babri mosque to rubble in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims, and the future of the site has become
a major touchstone issue in Indian politics. (AFP)
The alleged British middleman in a dicey helicopter deal between India and an Anglo-Italian firm was remanded in custody on Wednesday after being extradited from the UAE, authorities said.
Christian Michel James is accused of arranging kickbacks to Indian officials to secure a deal for AgustaWestland to supply New Delhi with 12 helicopters for 556 million euros ($630 million) in 2010.
After arriving from the United Arab Emirates late Tuesday, James appeared in a Delhi
court amid tight security. (AFP)