The controversy surrounding Lalit Modi took a new turn with the Interpol seeking reasons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) pertaining to the Red Corner Notice (RCN) on the former IPL chief who is facing a probe for alleged money laundering in India.
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In a series of tweets, ex- IPL chief Lalit Modi alleged that there is nexus between the BJP and Congress politicians and even some highly placed media persons.[/caption]
Among the queries raised by the Interpol Secretariat to ED are the evidences available against Lalit Modi, details of the other accused in the case and the predicate offence based on which the agency registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) besides reasons for delay in the investigation.
In August, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)had sent documents to Interpol to process red-corner notice against former IPL chief Lalit Modi.
The developments came after a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against Lalit Modi last week by a Mumbai court over his alleged involvement in financial irregularities in the IPL.
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On August 12, Lalit Modi tweeted a copy of a mail written to him by Petra De Krijger, Director of Lindeborg, which said that the Interpol in an “unprecedented decision” had agreed to hear out Modi before proceeding against him.
“Further to my earlier message, I reiterate that Interpol concedes that it will not act on any request from India on LKM without allowing us to be heard first. This unprecedented decision of Interpol means that if the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of India is indeed asked by the enforcement directorate to issue a red notice against Mr Lalit Modi and this request will be sent to Interpol headquarters in Lyon, Interpol Lyon would contact us first to react to this request,” Krijger stated in her email.
A decision by the Interpol on the request made by the agency is likely to be taken by the end of September, according to officials in India.
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Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi has started a political row in India, after it surfaced that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has allegedly helped him to get his travel documents in United Kingdom, a support which opposition says is against the law of land.
Since then opposition has led tirade against Narendra Modi government demanding resignations of top BJP leaders. The tussle has wasted the entire Monsoon session of the parliament.
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Meanwhile Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore had alleged that the UPA government was just “misleading” people on the issue of action against the former IPL Commissioner.