Business tycoon Vijay Mallya, owner of the Royal Challenger Bangalore IPL team, has said he "knows nothing" about his step daughter Laila Mahmood being the "mystery woman" who exited IPL chief Lalit Modi's office in Mumbai just before the Income Tax officials visited it for a probe on Thursday.
The income tax (IT) department, which is probing the Indian Premier League's (IPL) financial transactions covering all the franchises amidst allegations of murky deals, is reported to have questioned Mallya's daughter who works for Modi.
Mallya said in a statement, "My step daughter Laila Mahmood works for Lalit Modi. I have no knowledge whatsoever of her involvement in the income tax questioning. I called Lalit Modi and he confirmed that she has given a statement to income tax department."
The woman exiting Modi's plush office in Mumbai was caught on CCTV carrying what appeared to be a laptop and some documents. The IT authorities got into action and identified her.