A court here has issued summons to former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and his wife Minal over alleged purchase of two heritage havelis in Amber at throwaway prices during the previous term of the Vasundhara Raje government.
The additional district and sessions judge issued the summons in response to a petition filed by citizen Sandeep Bhatra.
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The petitioner argued that the havelis were part of an area declared protected by the state government in 1966. He accused Modi and his wife of purchasing the havelis based on forged documents. The two havelis-Chhabdon ki Haveli and Bairathi ki Haveli-were still registered as government property, he argued. Bhatra alleged that in 2005, Minal was made a founding member of the newly formed Amber Development and Management Authority based on forged documents.
“Since Modi is not in India, the summons to him will be published in newspapers,” lawyer A K Jain, who filed the petition, told The Indian Express.
The Enforcement Directorate had last month stumbled upon the purchase of the havelis, allegedly acquired by a firm floated by Modi, for Rs 21 lakh and Rs 9 lakh. ED sources said they were taken over by the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in 2010 and transferred to archaeology department.