Christian Michel spent over ₹12 crore on flight tickets: ED

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A frequent flyer to India, British national Christian James Michel had allegedly spent more than ₹12 crore on international and domestic air travel tickets purchased in his name and that of his different contacts, through a Delhi-based agency whose owner was additionally restricted in by him to skim a "shell" organization. 

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has recorded a statement of the travel agency’s proprietor under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). He told the ED that his organization had received about ₹10.84 crore from Mr. Michel's Dubai-based firm Global Services FZE between April 2007 and March 2013 for air tickets. 

The tickets were purchased allegedly on the "telephonic guidelines" of the blamed and their duplicates were sent to him through email. The travel agency was  paid over ₹1.66 crore through Media Exim for air tickets. This organization was joined by the office proprietor in 2005, allegedly at Mr. Michel's instance. Media Exim get more than ₹6.3 crore by means of Global Services' Dubai accounts somewhere in the range of 2005 and 2007. 

 

The funds sent on the pretext of music CD and jewellery trades were utilized to purchase five immoveable properties, incorporating two in Delhi and one in Gurugram. Adornments worth ₹4.72 crore was bought and after that sold for ₹5.6 crore. Extravagance vehicles were also purchased.

In 2012, as revealed by the travel agency owner, he got instructions from Mr. Michel to discard the properties bought through Media Exim. Four of the immoveable resources were exchanged. Over ₹6.3 crore was sent back to the Global Services' accounts . 

The ED found that during his visits to India, Mr. Michel stayed in various Delhi hotels, including one located in the posh Lutyens’ zone. An enquiry with the hotel authorities led it to a resident of Sainik Farm, through whom they identified a retired Major-General who was in regular touch with Mr. Michel. The Major-General, who allegedly knew Mr. Michel for the past over two decades, told the investigators about Mr. Michel’s local address in Safdarjung Enclave. 

The ED found that amid his visits to India, Mr. Michel remained in different Delhi hotels, incorporating one located in the rich Lutyens' zone. An enquiry with the hotel authorities drove it to an resident of Sainik Farm, through whom they distinguished a retired Major-General who was in ordinary touch with Mr. Michel. The Major-General, who supposedly knew Mr. Michel for the past more than two decades, told the investigators about Mr. Michel’s local address in Safdarjung Enclave. 

Tyagi family recognized 

Another person who functioned as a driver for the blamed was found. The driver's statement ended up being pivotal. He allegedly recognized previous Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi's cousin Sanjeev, also a denounced for the situation, as the individual who had met three of the Mr. Michel's partners at a Sainik Farm lodge in 2008, as indicated by the Directorate. 

The documents shared by Italy with the Indian agencies on Mr. Michel, who is now in the CBI’s custody, have revealed that the two main contracts were signed between him through Global Services and AgustaWestland in 2010.

The first agreement was marked on March 1, 2010, and the other on May 26 that year, as to exhorting and helping the gathering organization in all parts of playing out the agreement in Indian domain. Worldwide Services, situated in the Dubai Airport Free Zone, is a long-lasting specialist available to be purchased of the AgustaWestland save parts in India, as presented by the ED in the court.

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