Why Christian Michel invested crores in a small company: CBI to get answers soon

First Published 7, Dec 2018, 6:08 PM IST
Why Christen Michel invested crores in small company CBI answers soon
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Michel pumped crores of rupees in RK Nanda’s company, which was worth Rs one lakh only, and later routed the money for his real job, cracking the chopper deal.

New Delhi: After Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case, has started singing, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is now trying to get answers of questions which were left unanswered in its first charge sheet. According to sources, in its second charge sheet, the CBI will reveal Michel’s nexus since the beginning, when he started flexing his wings with his close aide RK Nanda.

Nanda is the man who initially helped Michel in setting-up base in Delhi. Michel pumped crores of rupees in Nanda’s company, which was worth Rs one lakh only, and later routed the money for his real job, cracking the chopper deal.

According to the documents accessed by MyNation, the Nanda’s statement given to investigators probing the AgustaWestland chopper deal case says that Michel used companies to fuel his corrupt practices. Investigators are also doubting that the money was parked and later given as a bribe to various top leaders and bureaucrats to crack the deal by Michel. The CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have already recorded Nanda’s statement.

“Nanda also confirmed that from October 2005 to April, 2007, Mr Christian Michel James had sent crores from Dubai through Citi Bank and HDFC Bank to M/s Media Exim Pvt Ltd, that earlier he(Michel) told him to export the goods like jewellery and DCs of music owner no export took place and later on as directed by Christen Michel James, the following properties were purchased in the name of Media Exim (P) ltd from the amount which was received from Christian Michel through his company M/s Global Services FZE (Dubai),” read the statement.

According to his statement, M/s Media Exim Pvt Ltd was formed in 2005, that while Nanda was holding 99% shares of this company, one JB Balasubramanian was holding 1% share. At the time of association of this company, he invested Rs. 99,000, and Balasubramanian invested Rs 1,000. This company has accounts in CitiBank, Jeevan Bharti Building, Parliament Street, and HDFC Bank, which is now under the CBI scanner.

According to sources, the company was opened to facilitate Michel and as it is against the rules, no board meetings were ever held. According to the documents, Michel asked Nanda to purchase a brand new luxury sedan. A driver, who also recorded a statement, had told the ED about Michel’s trips. According to the driver, Michel used to visit India at least 50-60 times. He used to stay at Delhi’s five-star hotels to meet his ‘friends’. The CBI will also probe who got the money pumped into a ‘bogus’ company by Michel. His statement would expectedly reveal names and the CBI will call them for questioning.

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