Christian Michel Seeks Interim Bail Citing Coronavirus Risk In Jail

Christian Michel James, an alleged middleman arrested in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam cases by the CBI and ED, moved the Delhi HC on Thursday seeking interim bail citing risk of contracting coronavirus in the Tihar Jail.

Michel, 59, claimed that his health condition was critical and incompatible with the current prison status, especially to cope with the risk of contracting the COVID 19 infection which could have a lethal effect on him as he is already suffering from serious pathologies.

“The agedness and a pre-existing ill state of health will make the applicant’s body more susceptible to the said infection than any other ordinary prisoner with a normal health condition,” the plea said.

“Further, the presence within prisons of subjects who are tested positive for Covid19 pose a threat to the applicant considering his existing health condition and age,” added the plea, filed through advocates Sriram Parakkat, Vishnu Shankar and Aljo K Joseph.

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