The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has concluded in a probe related to irregularities in the award of Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights to an overseas firm in 2009 that the tournament’s former boss Lalit Modi, along with a few other then top officials of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), had allegedly violated provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
The ED had probed allegations that the media rights were first awarded to the Mauritius-based World Sports Group (WSG), then the Singapore-based Multi Screen Media Satellite (MSM), according to a government source familiar with the ED probe.
“The probe found that MSM was made to pay Rs 425 crore to WSG for relinquishing rights, though in reality WSG had no such agreement with BCCI and consequently had no right over the media contract,” said the source.
ED probe findings accused Modi of allegedly sending “fraudulent” emails to certain broadcasters and sponsors, including MSM, according to the ED’s show-cause notice issued against Modi and others in the case.
Modi’s legal counsel Mehmood Abdi declined to comment on the development.
SIT seeks updates
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing black money on Tuesday is understood to have sought updates from the ED on the alleged role of IPL former boss Lalit Modi and certain BCCI officials in financial irregularities related to the conduct of the T-20 tournament. The SIT has also asked a few other enforcement agencies to furnish the updates on probes into the irregularities