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Amid Monsoon session logjam, ED to seek non-bailable warrant against Lalit Modi

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 July 2015, 13:05 IST

Even as the Monsoon Session of Parliament got washed away for three straight days over scam tainted IPL chief Lalit Modi, the Enforcement Directorate is all set to move Court to obtain a non-bailable warrant against him.

ED would move a special court in Mumbai on 27 July to obtain a non-bailable warrant against Lalit Modi. The ED had served a notice to Modi on 3 July asking him to appear within two weeks, before the investigating agencies in a case registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

After there was no response from Modi, the agency sent him another notice through email. The investigating body had given him two weeks to respond to the notice which expired on 22 July.

What are the Charges on Lalit Modi?

The Enforcement Directorate has sought details from Modi on these charges:

His role in the deal between World Sports Group (WSG), Mauritius and Multi Screen Media (MSM), Singapore. The documents related to the deal are with Modi but his non cooperation is now hampering the agency's work.

An FIR was filed by former BCCI chief N. Srinivasan with Chennai police in October 2010, alleging cheating and money laundering by Lalit Modi and others in the awarding of BCCI-IPL media rights in 2009. The agency had registered the money laundering case in December 2012. However, the ED had served first summons to Modi through his Mumbai solicitors, Wadia Gahndy and Co. But the law firm returned the summons to ED, saying that it was not authorised to receive it.

After that the summons were again emailed to Modi. But Modi asserted that he has not received any summons from the ED as yet. "Still waiting for ED to officially serve me summons at my UK residence. They have the address - why so long?" Lalit Modi tweeted earlier.

Both the Houses got adjourned over Lalit Modi controversy

Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned over the Lalit Modi issue, other than the Vyapam scam, for the first three days of the ongoing Monsoon Session. The Opposition is demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's resignation over allegations that she had helped the IPL founder obtain his travel documents from UK authorities instead of negotiating his return to India to face ED investigation.

First published: 24 July 2015, 10:39 IST