New Delhi, May 14: The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate which is probing the AgustaWestland case is working out the modalities to question James Christian Michel who is currently in Dubai.
Michel had told a television channel that is not opposed to the idea of questioning provided it is through video conferencing.
The CBI however is opposed to the idea of questioning him through video conferencing and would instead prefer paying a visit to Dubai and interrogate him. There are a couple of formalities that would need to be worked out before the CBI can question Michel in Dubai.
Priority is to extradite
The CBI says that the first priority would be to extradite Michel from Dubai to India. However these issues take sometime. In the interim we are planning on questioning him in Dubai. There are modalities that are being worked out in this regard the CBI says.
India which shares a good relationship with the UAE could use this to get hold of Michel. An extradition is likely to take time the CBI says. The probe is an ongoing one and Michel is an important link in it. If we wait for an extradition the investigation flow is likely to be lost, the CBI official also added.
Michel has a lot of questions to answer. He is alleged to be one of the key middlemen in the AgustaWestland deal. He is the one who was allegedly assigned the role of managing the media in India.