A DAY after British Prime Minister Theresa May exchanged a list of fugitives for extradition with her Indian counterpart, the Enforcement Directorate filed an application before a special court in Mumbai seeking extradition of Lalit Modi. In the plea filed before special Judge PR Bhavake, the ED sought Modi to be extradited from UK where he is currently residing. Special public prosecutor for the ED, Hiten Venegaonkar, said that the plea was moved under section 57 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
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“A non-bailable warrant has already been issued against Lalit Modi. There are also letters of request sent requesting judicial assistance to other countries. We have now sought for his extradition since he is required for further investigation,” Vengaonkar said. While the warrant against Lalit Modi was issued in August last year, the LRs have been issued to be sent to Singapore and UAE.
An official from the ED said the development follows the exchange of names between the two countries on Monday. The case pertains to a criminal complaint filed by BCCI which has accused the former IPL commissioner of misappropriating funds during his tenure.