Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria met former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi in London in July 2014. Maria issued a statement confirming the meeting between them at the behest of Modi’s lawyer.
The statement mentioned that Maria had been to London to attend a conference when Modi’s lawyer approached him seeking his time for a brief meeting. The lawyer said that Modi wanted to meet him since there was a threat to his and his family’s life.
“It may be recollected that as joint commissioner of police (crime) in 2009-2010, the crime branch under me had foiled an attempt on his life by the Mumbai underworld. The advocate requested me that since it was a serious threat to Modi’s life, I should meet him briefly,” mentioned the official statement issued by Maria.
Maria then met Modi when the latter sought Mumbai police’s help claiming that he and his family were receiving threats from the underworld.
“I categorically informed Modi that Mumbai police has no jurisdiction in London and that he should return to Mumbai to lodge a formal complaint. I reiterated to Modi and his lawyer that it was imperative for him to return to Mumbai for the police to initiate any inquiry,” the statement signed by Rakesh Maria read.
The meeting lasted for 15-20 minutes.
On returning to India, Maria informed the then home minister and maintained a confidential record of the meeting.
The anti-extortion cell of the crime branch was also given written details of what transpired in the meeting for a discreet inquiry, the statement said.
Modi is facing several cases in India following allegations of money laundering and financial irregularities. These cases are being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.