A special court in Mumbai on Tuesday issued an order allowing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to begin extradition proceedings against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, in connection with its money laundering probe against him.
The ED got the nod from the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, after it wrote to it 10 days ago. “We received permission to extradite Modi. It will be sent to the UK through the Ministry of External Affairs for further action,” said an ED officer, not wishing to be named.
The ED has in the past asked Modi to furnish information pertaining to the case.
The complainant in the case is former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan, who in his statement to the Mumbai ED alleged financial misappropriation in allotting media rights for the telecast of the cricket tournament in 2009.
The ED probed allegations that media rights were first awarded to the Mauritius-based World Sports Group (WSG), then the Singapore-based Multi-Screen Media Satellite (MSM).
The probe found MSM was made to pay Rs425 crore to WSG for relinquishing rights, although, in reality, WSG had no such agreement with BCCI, and consequently no right over the media contract.
A case was registered by the Chennai police and subsequently a case under PMLA was registered by the ED at their Mumbai zonal office. In 2010, Srinivasan approached the Chennai police and submitted a 25-page complaint listing the alleged frauds committed by Modi. The complaint is against Modi and six others.