British national Christian Michel James (C), the alleged middleman in a deal between India and Anglo-Italian helicopter firm AgustaWestland, is pictured in a vehicle while leaving a district court in New Delhi on December 5, 2018, following his extradition from the United Arab Emirates. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images).

British High Commission sought consular access to British businessman Christian Michel who was sent to five-day custody of India’s probe agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday (5) in New Delhi.

British High Commission sought consular access a day after the UK national was brought to India from UAE to face investigation in connection with Rs 36bn AgustaWestland chopper deal scam.

A spokesperson of the British High Commission said information has been sought from the Indian officials urgently on Michel’s “circumstances”.

Another official said, “we have sought consular access to Michel.” “Our staff continue to support the family of a British man following his detention in the UAE. We are in contact with his family and the Emirati authorities regarding his case, and are urgently seeking information from the Indian authorities on his circumstances,” the spokesperson added.

Michel was brought to India late Tuesday (4) night after his extradition by the UAE to face legal proceedings in connection with the case. A court on Wednesday (5) remanded him in five-day CBI custody.

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