NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved a Mumbai court seeking issuance of a non-bailable warrant(NBW) against disgraced former IPL czar Lalit Modi in connection with an alleged money laundering case.
The investigative agency approached the Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court after Lalit, who is in the UK, did not respond to summons. The ED had issued summons to Lalit in the first week of July and asked to him appear within three weeks. The agency had also recorded the statement of former BCCI chief N Shrinivasan in the same case.
A senior ED official said, “We have moved the court seeking issuance of an non-bailable warrant as he has not responded to the summons sent by us earlier this month.” The court had issued letters rogatory to Singapore and Mauritius governments in the same case. The agency had filed a case under PMLA, in connection with a multi-crore television rights deal. The case relates to a 2008 deal between World Sports Group and Multi Screen Media for television rights of IPL worth Rs 425 crore. The BCCI had filed a case in Chennai in 2010 under various Sections of the IPC and two years later the ED registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the matter. In 2008, the BCCI had awarded 10-year media rights to World Sports Group for $918 million. In the same year, World Sports Group entered into a deal with Multi Screen Media to make Sony the official broadcaster.