Lalit Modi's lawyer: Not authorised to accept ED summons

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2015 18:34 IST

Lalit Modi's lawyer has returned summons in a money laundering case issued to the former IPL boss by the Enforcement Directorate, saying he was not authorised by his client to receive them, the central agency said on Tuesday.

Advocate Mehmood M Abdi, who represents Modi, in a statement said, "I have not recieved any such summons".

"ED has Modi's address in the UK. They are required to serve him as per the procedure prescribed in law," Abdi said.

The central agency had last week issued summons to Modi in a money-laundering case registered against him in India, seeking his presence at its office within three weeks.

It was returned by his lawyer who said he was not authorised by Lalit Modi to receive it, an ED officer said on Tuesday.

The case relates to a 2008 deal between World Sports Group (WSG) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) for television rights of Indian Premier League (IPL) worth Rs 425 crore.

In 2008, BCCI awarded 10-year media rights to WSG for $918 million. WSG entered into a deal with MSM to make Sony the official broadcaster. The contract was replaced a year later with a nine-year deal where MSM paid $1.63 billion.

The ED initiated a probe in 2009 under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to investigate allegations that payments of Rs 425 crore facilitation fee by MSM Singapore to WSG Mauritius were made illegally.

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