The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday moved special PMLA court seeking issuance of non-bailable warrant (NBW) against former IPL chief Lalit Modi in connection with a money laundering case.
The central agency approached the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court after Modi, who has made London his home, did not respond to ED summons.
“We have moved the Court seeking issuance of an NBW as he has not responded to the summons sent by us earlier this month,” said an ED official.
Last week, the court had issued letters rogatory (LR) to Singapore and Mauritius governments in the same case. A letter rogatory is a formal request from a court in one country to a foreign court for judicial assistance in a case.
BCCI had registered an FIR in Chennai in 2010 against Modi and others under various provisions of IPC, while two years later ED filed a case under PMLA, in connection with a multi-crore rupees television rights deal of Indian Premier League (IPL).
ED had served a notice to Modi on July 3 directing him to turn up in court within two weeks in a case which is under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
However, the former IPL czar has denied receiving any summons from in money laundering case. “As the Enforcement Directorate has not yet served me the notice to appear – I will tomorrow share intl process to serve a person to appear in case they need to serve summons – will be happy to receive and answer if done,” Modi had tweeted on Sunday.
The Enforcement Diretorate, on the other hand, claimed that summons have been e-mailed Lalit Modi after his lawyer returned the copy.
The case relates to a 2008 deal between World Sports Group (WSG) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) for television rights of Indian Premier League (IPL) worth Rs 425 crore.
In 2008, BCCI had awarded media rights for ten years to WSG for $918 million. WSG entered into a deal with MSM to make Sony the official broadcaster. The contract was replaced a year later with a nine-year deal where MSM paid $ 1.63 billion.
The ED started a probe in 2009 under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to investigate whether payment of Rs 425 crore facilitation fee by MSM Singapore to WSG Mauritius was made illegally.