Bri­ton held over chop­per deal:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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)

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