Christian Michel’s Bail Applications for Agusta Chopper denied by Delhi High Court

Agusta Westland Helicopter Law Insider

Khushi Doshi

Published on: March 13, 2022 at 1:15 IST

The Bail Applications of Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in the Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal, were denied by the Delhi High Court, who stated that the allegations against him were serious. It went on to say that he had no ties to Indian Society and was a Flight Risk.

“Although, merely because an accused is a Foreign National, Bail cannot be denied, but at the same time this Court cannot lose sight of the facts, which indicate as to how the applicant has evaded investigation in the present case.

It is also worthwhile to take into account that the Applicant could be brought to India only after going through the process of Extradition, which,in fact, was vehemently opposed by him, as apparent from the judgment of the Dubai Supreme Court,”  said Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri, in the Bail orders released on Saturday.

The Court on Friday denied James’ Bail requests in two separate but related Cases investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate.

James was Extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates in 2018.

“This Court finds the letter dated 07.02.2022 to be of no Persuasive Value and the Reliance placed thereon to be unjustified,” the Judge wrote.

Also read:

An Introduction to “Extradition Treaty

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