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Prithviraj Chavan says he was unaware of Rakesh Maria-Lalit Modi meet in London

Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan said he was not aware of the visit of Mumbai police Commissioner Rakesh Maria to London and his meeting with former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi last year.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Published: June 22, 2015 3:52 pm
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Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said he was not aware of the visit of Mumbai police Commissioner Rakesh Maria to London and his meeting with former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi last year.

“I was not aware of Maria’s visit to London and his meeting with Lalit Modi. Such trips are cleared at the level of Home Minister. I wasn’t briefed about it,” Chavan, who was the Chief Minister last year told PTI.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Sunday asked Maria to provide “information” on his statement regarding his meeting with the tainted ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi.

A fresh controversy had broken out last week in the Lalit Modi episode after Maria admitted that he had met Modi in London in 2014 at the insistence of the latter’s lawyer.

Maria came out with a statement on the issue after news channels flashed a photo of the former IPL commissioner and the Mumbai Police Chief.

During the meeting that lasted 15 to 20 minutes, Lalit Modi sought the help of Mumbai police in view of “threat” to his life by the underworld in London, Maria said, adding, he apprised the then Home Minister about the meeting soon after returning from London.

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  1. CP Nair
    Jun 22, 2015 at 7:34 pm
    How can a police commissioner be 'insisted upon' by the lawyer of a fugitive?
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      ashok
      Jun 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm
      For CM to be unaware that CP Bombay was travelling abroad, especially on an official tour, suggests a fairly laid back approach to governance. An arm's length approach, as it were.
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        M Vyas
        Jun 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm
        CP was despatched to London to meet Lalit Modi by home minister of the state to save maratha sardar of NCP. party whose involvement in lalitgate is certain..CM is telling untrue and giving false defense
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          M Vyas
          Jun 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm
          Prithviraj is cent percent telling truth and facts of the issue. Generally all congress rule during UPA II it was apparent that left hand did not know what right was doing... All CMs are appointee of 10 Janpath loyal to bosses not to state and its people....
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            M Vyas
            Jun 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm
            Very right the then CM Prithviraj was not briefed by home minister and by CP. after he returned to Mumbai.. This is because of congress ideology to rule state or centre with the help of two power station. In centre there were two power station one at PMO. other one at 10 Janpath.. Likewise in Mabarashtra two power stations one run by NCP.under Pawar Saheb and other one by Congress under Prithviraj
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