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In a conversation recorded on March 1 between Haschke and Gerosa, Julie Tyagi's name comes up when they discuss how important it is for them to ensure that their names don't leak. "The only one who has no risks is Julie, because we are those in the front," says Gerosa.
But the biggest fish in the pond so far is London-based Christian Michel, a British national who has allegedly been paid Euro 30 million, the lion's share of the kickback that was meant to be distributed to those in the Indian and Italian establishments. Michel is a little-known but highly connected businessman who is said to have high-level political contacts in India and has won admirers for his easy access to top Indian politicians and members of the establishment.
Little has emerged till now on his Indian connections in this particular deal but according to the Italian investigation, he was a crucial part of the contract and was the one who allegedly pumped back Euro 10 million into Italy—money that was paid to Orsi and handed over to the political parties. However, since Michel did not operate from Italy, the initial probe report does not record how he operated in the entire deal.
There are several snatches of conversations and other evidence that do point to his role in the deal, including a "two step approach" by AgustaWestland in which the commission was allegedly divided between Haschke and Michel. According to media reports in Italy on the probe, prosecutors have named Michel as "one of the two mediators" in the deal. The reports say that according to the line of investigation, AgustaWestland initially paid Haschke Euro 41 million as part of a contract for the Indian deal but this was increased by Euro 10 million when Michel came into the picture.
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