Special PMLA court okays Lalit Modi’s extradition to India from UK

On Tuesday, the ED had argued before a special court in Mumbai Tuesday seeking a Letter of Request to be sent to the United Kingdom to extradite Modi to India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2016 8:01 pm
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A special PMLA court in Mumbai on Wednesday allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to send a Letter of Request (LR) to the British government for execution of a non-bailable warrant against former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and his transfer to India for facing probe in a money laundering case. The ED, in its application filed on November 8, prayed the court for issuing LR for the execution of NBW against Modi. The agency sought necessary steps to be taken by the competent authorities in the UK for locating him. Stating that the ED had not been able to execute the non-bailable warrant against Lalit Modi since he is reportedly in the UK, the agency said they “badly need him” to conduct further investigation.

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The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Wednesday allowed the prayer. “The LR order will now be sent to the External Affairs Ministry, which will forward it to the competent authority in England for further action,” said special ED counsel Hiten Venegoankar. The agency is probing the case against Lalit Modi in connection with a 2008 deal between World Sports Group (WSG) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) for television rights worth Rs 425 crore for the Indian Premier League.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had registered a case in Chennai in connection with the 2008 deal. This was followed by a case by the ED. So far, three LRs have been issued against Modi by the same court to authorities in Singapore, Mauritius and UAE.

The court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the high-profile former IPL boss, believed to be in the UK, on August 6 last year. In 2008, after BCCI awarded IPL media rights for 10 years to WSG for USD 918 million, the WSG entered into a deal with Multi Screen Media to make latter’s television channel Sony the official broadcaster of IPL.

While BCCI alleged irregularities and breach of contract in this deal, ED started a probe in 2009 under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to investigate allegations that payment of Rs 425 crore towards facilitation fee by MSM-Singapore to WSG Mauritius was made in illegal manner.

The ED had earlier made a similar bid to bring back Vijay Mallya, chairman of Kingfisher Airlines, through the Ministry of Home Affairs but had faced a legal hurdle. The MHA, the nodal agency to process MLAT requests on criminal cases, had informed the ED that the MHA “does not undertake service of non-bailable warrants of arrest under MLAT”.

An ED official said the request had therefore been made through the court.

“If the court allows the application, it will be sent to the Ministry of External Affairs in India to the foreign ministry in UK to be forwarded to the local court, as is the process under MLAT,” said advocate Hiten Venegaonkar, counsel for the ED.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. S
    Nov 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    1. A
      Nov 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm
      One fact is that our judiciary is very slow. They really need to act fast though with quality. There are so many judicial adjournments that i think it would be good to have some time limit for each level of judiciary ( lower courts, HC, SC etc. ) to ensure that justice is not dela, and is delivered within an understandable timelimit.
      1. R
        Nov 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm
        Lalit modi is out of country for so many years and now only permission has been given by Indian Court .Modi will have right to contest it there and few more years will, p in appeals etc .Same is going to happen in case of vijay mallya and many years will, p .The banks are writing of his loans ,which is another relief for him for the time being .Both of them had good times here with money of public and have the same position out there ,where they are living presently.Recently a meat exporter has also gone to Dubai ,even though look out notice against him was there in force .Whether he will, come back or not is not known .Similarly there will be many ,who are involved in economic offences and are staying comfortably and will, leave when they have hint of some problem here in india..The govt . wirh all facility available with it is not doing anything timely against these people or is reluctant to proceed against them ,even though they have used corrupt means for taking loans etc ,,made money by corrupt means ,have not paid their employees ,taxes and other dues.
        1. C
          Nov 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm
          You have fallen for this tamasha like the notes tamashalt;br/gt;notes tamasha - one billion are struggling to withdraw their own money and treated like third cl citizens, standing in queues and the w world is thinking they are waiting for charity from Modi government.lt;br/gt;Wake up
          1. P
            Nov 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm
            You r a top cl gndu. If govt WS not serious Lalit Modi would HV been untraceable like QTROCHI. You fckng p comment cause u r a snitry pad of u know who!
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