“Christian Michel has taken the name of Mrs Gandhi but in what reference can’t be said now,” ED told the court today, reported news agency ANI.
Alleging that Michel was being tutored from the outside, the agency also sought a ban on lawyer access to Michel. The court then ordered Michel’s lawyers to maintain a distance while meeting him, adding that they can only meet him for 15 minutes every morning and evening.
Michel, the ED said, also revealed how Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) was dropped from the deal, which was subsequently offered to Tatas. “Michel has identified how HAL was removed from the deal and the deal was offered to Tata instead,” ED said.
After hearing the arguments, the court extended Michel’s ED custody by seven more days.
Meanwhile, the Congress alleged that Michel is being pressurized by the government to name a “particular family.”
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“Why is the chowkidaar trying to pressurize the government agencies to name a family? BJP script writers are working over time,” Congress leader RPN Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the VVIP chopper scam case by the Enforcement Directorate and CBI. The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.