A SPECIAL court in Mumbai has allowed Letters Rogatory to be issued to Singapore to further investigate money laundering charges against former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi. The Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Modi, had moved court seeking the LR.
LRs are formal requests sent to a competent authority in a country outside India seeking judicial assistance in investigation. This would allow the competent authority in to examine orally any person supposed to be acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case.
The case against Modi pertains to a criminal complaint filed by the Board of Cricket Control in India, which has accused the former IPL commissioner of misappropriating funds during his tenure. The ED will seek details of transactions between Singapore-based Multi Screen Media (MSM) and World Sports Group (WSG) with whom Modi had signed a deal in 2009 as the IPL chief. The BCCI has alleged irregularities in this deal claiming that the contract with MSM was terminated while signing a fresh agreement with WSG, without following any tender process.
Last year, the ED had sent an LR to Singapore seeking information on the deal but received a response after six months in January 2016 by the Singapore government asking the agency to submit the details of the violations between the two companies for their records to be shared.
The ED has also sought LRs to be issued to Hong Kong and UAE, which are still pending before the special court.