{Agusta Westland Scam} Supreme Court seeks response from CBI and ED in the bail filed by Christian Michel

Christian Michel

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seeks responses from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the bail plea filed by Christian Michel. The next date of matter is on 13th July,

A Bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and PS Narasimha states that the accused had already spent 4 years in prison and issued notice to CBI.

He has already undergone 4 years almost and we will have to look (at the plea) from that perspective as well,” Justice Chandrachud remarked.

Counsel for Michel submitted that their case is covered under Section 436A (maximum period for which an under-trial prisoner can be detained) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

I have undergone the maximum sentence as per the provisions. The investigation is still not complete. I have undergone 3 years and 6 months as of now and before extradition, I was in Dubai custody,” it was submitted.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) submitted that Michel had not been exonerated anywhere, and Section 436A did not apply to offenses being probed by the ED.

As to the contention by Michel that his presence is needed in Italy since charges have been framed against him there, the ASG stated that he is not even a party.

The Court, however, proceeded to issue notice to CBI.

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