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AgustaWestland: Court asks Tihar authorities to produce CCTV footage on Michel's torture allegation

NEW DELHI: A Delhi courtroom directed the Tihar jail government on Saturday to provide CCTV pictures on allegations of torture levelled via Christian Michel, an alleged intermediary arrested in the AgustaWestland choppers scam case.

Special judge Arvind Kumar directed the jail government to bring the CCTV recording of February 13 to 17 of jail number 7, where Michel was stored remaining month.

The courtroom had previous sought the CCTV pictures of jail no 1 and after going via it, had famous that the premises had been blank and that good facilities had been supplied to Michel.

On March 14, the jail government had denied the allegations of torture levelled via Michel.

Special public prosecutors D P Singh and N Okay Matta, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) respectively, had instructed the courtroom that the accused was a foreigner and was dropped at India via extradition.

ED's counsel Samvedna Verma had instructed the courtroom that "there is a responsibility of the country to ensure his security as per the treaty".

On March 12, Michel had instructed the courtroom that former CBI special director Rakesh Asthana had met him in Dubai and had threatened to "make his life hell inside jail" right here if he did not toe the line of the agency.

"Sometime ago, Rakesh Asthana had met me in Dubai and had threatened that my life would be made hell in the jail and that is what is going on. My next door inmate is (gangster) Chhota Rajan.... I do not understand what crime I have committed to be put along with terrorists and those who have killed several people," he had stated.

The jail government had stated Michel was shifted to a high-risk jail bearing in mind threats to his life.

The accused was arrested via the ED on December 22 remaining 12 months after his extradition from Dubai.

The courtroom had prior to now lashed out at the jail government for failing to justify the shifting of Michel to a high-security cellular in isolation, pronouncing it might order an inquiry if it did not get a right kind reaction.

Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the Rs three,600-crore VVIP choppers scam via the ED and the CBI. The other two are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.

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