Briton extradited to India in ‘bribes’ case

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Christian Michel, centre, is taken into custody after a court hearing in Delhi yesterday Christian Michel, centre, is taken into custody after a court hearing in Delhi yesterdayaltaf qadri/AP

A British businessman has been extradited to India to face allegations that he bribed officials to help Agusta Westland to win a helicopter contract worth more than $500 million.

Christian Michel, 57, was taken from Dubai to Delhi this week and then was remanded in custody. He has been accused of acting as a middleman between the Yeovil-based helicopter manufacturer and India’s former Congress Party-led government. He has denied any wrongdoing.

India ordered a dozen helicopters from Agusta Westland for about 36 billion rupees (£400 million) eight years ago. However, the government cancelled the deal in 2014 and ordered an inquiry into allegations of bribery.

Agusta Westland was formed when GKN, the British engineering conglomerate, and Finmeccanica merged their helicopter businesses in 2000. It is…

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