AgustaWestland: "Conceal the commissions through Indian firms," middleman said in an email

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New Delhi, May 11: An email written by James Christian Michel, the middleman in the AgustaWestland case gives a clear pointer that firms had been set up to conceal the commissions that were being paid.

The CBI which has a copy of this mail says that this is very good evidence in the case as it clearly shows that attempts had been made to conceal the kickbacks paid in this deal.

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The AgustaWestland probe has also led to the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) placing more firms on the radar.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is currently probing to find out if a firm called Media Exim had invested the funds it had received from middleman Christian Michel in properties.

Michel's mail:

Another piece of incriminating evidence that the CBI has to prove kickbacks were indeed given is an email written by Michel. The CBI had last week received a copy of this mail. This was a mail that Michel had sent to an official at AgustaWestland.

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In the mail, Michel suggests ways of concealing the commissions. He writes that there are a group of companies which provide services relating to promotional activities.

He suggests to the official that these firms could be paid on a monthly basis with regard to the signing of the AgustaWestland contract which would be their first major one in India.

Media Exim under the scanner:

The Media Exim Private Limited was set up in the year 2005. There are several transactions concerning this firm which are being scrutinised by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate.

The firm's director R K Nanda who was questioned by the CBI however has denied any wrong doing.

The CBI says that Nanda was in touch with Michel and was also his alleged travel agent. It is alleged that his firm had received Rs 12 crore from Michel's Dubai firm Global Services FZE to purchase tickets for several Indians.

Media Exim a firm set up in 2005 dealt with music CDs, but the CBI alleges that it had close links to Michel.

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