The enforcement directorate on Monday moved a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Mumbai to obtain a non-bailable warrant against Lalit Modi, the former commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for non-compliance of the summons issued by the agency, according to ED sources.
On July 3, the agency summoned Modi in connection with a case registered by the agency under PMLA. The agency had directed Modi to appear in person before the ED within 15 days. The deadline for personal appearance expired on July 19.
The PMLA case against Modi is based on a criminal complaint filed by the BCCI in 2010, accusing him of misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 470 crore during his tenure as IPL chief. The ED has sought details from Modi on his role in the deal between World Sports Group, Mauritius and Multi Screen Media Singapore.
In 2008, BCCI awarded 10-year media rights to WSG for $ 918 million. WSG then entered into a deal with MSM to make Sony the official broadcaster. The contract was replaced a year later with a nine-year deal where MSM paid $ 1.63 billion.
The summons were first served to Modi through his Mumbai solicitors, Wadia Ghandy & Co. However, the law firm returned it to ED saying that it was not authorised to receive the summons. The enforcement agency then sent the summons to Modi through email. But Modi has maintained that he has not received any summons from ED.
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