The income tax (I-T) department is probing the lavish post match parties and fashion shows organized by the IPL, concentrating on the events held in five star hotels, in cities where the matches are held.
The investigation began after the department collected documents and computer records, from the IPL offices last week, tat indicated hefty expenditure on these parties which have been held all over the country.
The department has demanded details of the expenditure incurred on the soirees, as well as information on who pays for them. “We want to know if only the IPL is bearing the cost of the parties or whether the franchisees are also contributing,” an I-T official said, adding that the IPL has also been asked to furnish details of various rights — if given for the parties and fashion shows and also information about sponsors, if any.
Also being looked at is the sale of special tickets, which allows non-invitees entry to these parties. The department found that the special tickets were sold for as much as Rs 50,000 per match per person, and for semi-finals and final they may cost as much as Rs 1 lakh. “We are probing if all these are accounted for in the books,” the official said. He said that the department is also verifying with the hotels concerned by getting details of the bills raised by them, amount paid to them and mode of payment.
“We have also asked for information on who exactly pays the cheerleaders and what is the mode of payment,” the official said. Copies of the cheerleaders’ contracts have been asked for as well. Sources in the Enforcement Directorate said that it had on Monday begun to scrutinise the bank account of IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.