Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi Wednesday moved the Bombay High Court seeking a direction to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to provide him the documents based on which the agency had issued a showcause notice against him for an alleged foreign exchange violation during the 2009 IPL held in South Africa.
On July 20,2011,the ED had first issued a notice to Modi under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA),regarding a BCCI bank account in South Africa that was opened prior to the cricket tournament. On March 21,the ED issued another notice to Modi to initiate adjudication against him,and asked him to be present for a personal hearing on April 1.
In his petition,Modi stated that since the showcause notice was issued to him,his solicitors who represented him before the ED,have been seeking the documents that the central agency relied on for issuing the showcause notice and the subsequent notice for adjudication.
The ED,on December 16,2011 said the documents related to the notices issued to Modi have been attached to the notices,Modi contended.
He has urged the court to direct the agency to grant him inspection of the documents supporting the EDs notice and to set aside the EDs order of December 16,2011.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S Sanklecha has listed the case for heating on August 22. The ED had taken exception to an alleged transfer of US$ 5 crore to an account in South Africa during the IPL season in 2009 in violation of FEMA regulations. In a similar case,the HC has last week granted relief to former BCCI president Shashank Manohar and quashed the notice initiating adjudication against him.