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Indian court issues arrest warrant for ex-IPL cricket boss Lalit Modi

Former Indian Premier League cricket chairman Lalit Modi faces an arrest warrant (AP)
Former Indian Premier League cricket chairman Lalit Modi faces an arrest warrant (AP)

An Indian court has issued an arrest warrant against former Indian Premier League cricket chairman Lalit Modi over allegations of money laundering in a television deal.

Charges have not been framed against Modi, but the Mumbai court heeded a request from economic investigative body the Enforcement Directorate, which said Modi was not co-operating in an investigation into whether money from the deal in 2008 benefited unauthorised persons.

The ED is investigating the routing of money in the TV deal, in which a facilitation fee of 90 million US dollars (£57 million) was allegedly paid by one company to another for obtaining telecast rights for the IPL.

Modi, based in England since 2010, has been served summons previously. His passport was revoked in 2011 before the Delhi High Court asked for the passport to be restored last year.

Modi has managed to stay in England since there has never been any court order asking for his extradition.

According to procedure, the new warrant has to be routed to Britain through India's external affairs ministry.

Modi, who was once also vice president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, was banned by the governing body in 2013 for allegedly rigging IPL auction bids, bullying franchises, and selling media rights without proper authorisation.

Press Association

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