The way the defence deals were handled in India since the time of Independence to 2014 would make anyone bend their head in shame. The government which was suppose to protect the country was itself involved in scams and corruptions minting money in defence deals. It lead to procurement of faulty equipment which lead to the death of our soldiers before.
The defence deals which involve thousands of crores have become a piggy bank to many politicians who get kickbacks in terms of percentage with the deal. This is how the companies end up supplying low graded materials to countries like India.
Agusta Westland deal was nothing but a typical example of the defence corruption in India. It is a well known fact as to how the Congress government used this VVIP chopper deal to get massive kickbacks in the deal. The involvement of top Congress leaders and Indian Air force chief was a blot on country’s defence sector. Christian Michel who struck the deal between India and Italian company Agusta Westland also received massive kickbacks from both the parties. The extradition of Michel has obviously given sleepless nights to the Congress leaders who are now sending multiple lawyers to save him.
If you think Christian Micheal was only a middle man who played key role in striking the deal, you are wrong. This man actually behaved as an Italian Spy helping the Agusta Westland get to know the most sensitive information of India military situation. Yes, it is said that Michel sent monthly reports to Agusta Westland about the political and military situation in India apart from sending secret conversation tapes of big businessmen and influential people by tapping their phones.
This information was reveled by UK defence Secretary Geoffrey William Hoon in 2014 to a court in his testimony. He provided details of Micheal’s nature of work, saying Michel “supplied a monthly statement, a monthly report in which he described the political events in progress in India and indicated the subject matter or topics that might be important for trade and business opportunity”. “During my visits to India, I met him (Michel) for an hour to discuss a bit about what was happening and to get an update of the current situation”.
He added that “In his function as advisor, as a consultant, he basically expressed his impressions about the market and market opportunities, ie: he observed the military and political situation. he pointed out who was, shall we say ‘in’, that is, who was more and who was less important at the moment, who had more influential.