Mumbai court on Wednesday issues a non-bailable warrant(NBW) against former IPL boss Lalit Modi. The warrant will now be sent to United Kingdom’s Ministry of Home Affairs, according to media reports.
The ED had moved the court last week seeking the issuance of the warrant. The agency has had to fight for it as the court asked how it could issue a non-bailable warrant without a chargesheet in the case.
The Enforcement Directorate has also issued summons against two former directors of Jaipur-based Anand Heritage Hotels Private Limited (AHHPL), a firm of former cricket czar Lalit Modi, with regard to the foreign exchange violation case.
Mr Modi, 49, was the flamboyant founder of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), the domestic 20-20 cricket tournament that turned into a blockbuster hit. But in 2010, he left the country amid allegations of tax evasion, money-laundering and proxy ownership embedded in the IPL. He has since refused to return to India, alleging death threats from the underworld.
Mr Modi’s lawyers have said he can be available for legal proceedings on video conference, an offer accepted as fair by the Delhi High Court last year, which also reinstated his Indian passport after faulting the government for having revoked it.
BCCI has registered an FIR in Chennai against Modi in 2010.