Court issues arrest warrant for ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court issued an arrest warrant against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi on Wednesday over allegations of money laundering in a television deal.
Though charges have not been framed against Modi, the Mumbai court heeded a request from economic investigative body Enforcement Directorate, which said Modi was not co-operating in an investigation into whether money from the deal in 2008 benefited unauthorized persons.
The ED is investigating the routing of money in the TV deal, in which a facilitation fee of $90 million was allegedly paid by one company to another for obtaining telecast rights for the IPL.
Modi, based in England since 2010, has been served summons previously. His passport was even revoked in 2011 before the Delhi High Court asked for the passport to be restored last year.
Modi has managed to stay in England since there has never been any court order asking for his extradition.
According to procedure, Wednesday’s warrant has to be routed to Britain through India’s external affairs ministry.
Modi, who was once also the vice president of the BCCI, was banned by the cricket body in 2013 for allegedly rigging IPL auction bids, bullying franchises, and selling media rights without proper authorization.