The CBI objected to Italian lawyer Rosemary Patrizi's appearance before the media, telling the court it was in improper conduct at this stage of the investigation and trial; the Patiala House Court judge accepted the investigating agency's contention and disallowed her from appearing on behalf of AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam accused Christian Michel
New Delhi: The Italian lawyer who had created a flutter by appearing on Republic TV to declare she had come to India to defend VVIP chopper scam accused Christian Michel's "human rights" has been turned down by the competent court. AgastaWestland VVIP helicopter scam accused and middleman Christian Michel's foreign attorney will not be able to represent him in the court. After the CBI's objection, the court refused to let Patrizi fight Michel’s case.
Special judge of Patiala House Court Arvind Kumar sent Michel to the CBI remand for four days more.
During the trial, Michel's foreign attorney Patrizi sought permission from the court to represent him but the CBI said that the Italian lawyer should not get permission to fight the case because she had appeared for interviews with the media, which she should not have done. Not only this, the CBI questioned the credibility of Michel's lawyer.
The CBI had sought 5 days’ remand for Michel. The agency submitted before the court that Michel had to be taken to the Pawan Hans office in Mumbai.
The CBI said further that the names of some other witnesses have come up during the interrogation of Michel, whom the agency has to examine.
During the previous hearing, the court had sent Michel to a 5-day remand as demanded by the CBI, which ended on Saturday after which Michelle was presented before the court again.
The CBI told the court that the CBI had received some information in connection with Michele, but some more information needed to be obtained from him. According to the CBI, Michel has not yet disclosed some important facts.
The CBI also told the court that some critical information that Michel has received in this case cannot be made public. Sources said that, in the CBI inquiry, Michel could name politicians and bureaucrats who were allegedly bribed to strike the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP helicopter deal.
On December 4, Christian Michel was extradited to India from the UAE. India's investigation agencies were trying to bring him to India for a long time. National security adviser Ajit Doval oversaw the whole operation.
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Last Updated Dec 15, 2018, 6:24 PM IST