Rajasthan high court on Friday issued a notice to Indian Premier League Chairman Lalit Modi asking him to explain why his bail in a cheating case should not be cancelled for leaving the country without seeking its prior permission.
The order was passed by Justice SP Pathak, who asked Modi, who is currently in South Africa in connection with the second edition of IPL, to explain the reason for not taking the court's permission.
According to the facts of the case, a local NGO Nagrik Morcha had filed public interest litigation in the high court alleging that Modi had promised financial assistance to the victims of Jaipur blast last year but he did not fulfil his promise.
The police had registered a case against Modi under section 420 (cheating) and 467 (forgery) of IPC.
An FIR lodged with the police said that Modi had presented a cheque of Rs. six crore to then Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje for the blast victims but the entire amount was never deposited.
Modi's counsel, however, argued that the amount was to be paid by the five franchises. The counsel stated that an amount of Rs. 5.2 crore had already been deposited by the franchisees.
The court had granted bail to Modi on the pre -condition that he shall not leave India without prior permission.
But Modi is South Africa in connection with IPL matches and Rajasthan high court says that he did not seek the permission.