According to NDTV, CBI has sent documents to Interpol for a red corner notice against ex-IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who has been accused of financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League.
A red corner notice will bring Modi to India to face investigation for corruption. Modi currently resides in London. Earlier this month, a Mumbai court had issued a non-bailable warrant for him. Modi is thick in the middle of a national controversy because of his alleged close links to top leaders of the BJP. The Opposition Congress has derailed Parliament over the issue in the monsoon session, demanding the resignation of Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Lalit Modi left the country in 2010 amid allegations of tax evasion, money-laundering and proxy ownership linked to the IPL. He has since refused to return to India, alleging death threats from the underworld.
Lalit Modi last Wednesday had dared the CBI to issue a red corner notice against him.
In an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai, Modi claimed that Interpol had informed him there was no red corner notice against him, and that he would be allowed to represent his case. Modi denied he had ever received summons from an Indian court and inferred that there were no charges against him. He claimed that he had ignored a court notice only when asked to appear with a passport.
Slamming Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, Modi smelt a conspiracy in the Parliament logjam. “For last 15 days Parliament has been stalled due to a non-issue, this is politically motivated. Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi should worry about Robert Vadra, 2G and other scams, and not about me,” he stated. Modi also claimed he had never met Rahul Gandhi, only other members of the Gandhi family. But interestingly, he claimed he had ‘powerful friends’ in the previous government.
Claiming a threat to life, the ex-IPL commissioner refused to return to India. Throwing out names, he said Arun Jaitley, Rajiv Shukla, Anurag Thakur and Jagmohan Dalmiya were a very powerful coterie. He called the cricket establishment in India a ‘mafia’, which is a hotbed of politics.
Modi attacked BCCI, labeling all its committees a ‘sham’. He asserted that all BCCI committees had been formed to target him.
Passing the buck, Modi said his family had taken RBI’s permission to buy shares in the company owned by Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant. He said his family ‘have a long association with the Scindia family’ and this cannot be termed a business relationship.
“But if helping an ailing woman (his cancer-sticken wife) is conflict of interest, so be it”, he said angrily.
Lalit Modi went on to accuse former UPA minister P Chidambaram of ‘asking for favours regarding the Chennai Open tennis championship.”
Modi again reiterated that NCP chief Sharad Pawar ‘was on my side’ and once again dared the CBI to issue a red corner notice.