After the non-bailable warrant, the ED moves to catch him
GN Bureau | August 11, 2015
The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday requested the Central Bureau of Investigation to issue a Red Corner notice against tainted cricket czar Lalit Modi. Last week, a Mumbai court had issued a non-bailable warrant against the former chairman of IPL, who has triggered a huge political storm in India for his links with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
A 'Red-corner notice' is an arrest warrant circulated by Interpol (CBI is nodal agency for international bodies) on behalf of the government of a particular country. It is a request from one country to another to arrest and deport the wanted individual.
Modi had left India in 2010 after he was accused of evading tax and other scams related to the IPL, which he founded. He has refused to return to India, saying he fears for his security in the country. He is wanted by the Enforcement Directorate which said it will ask the authorities in Britain to arrest him and send him to India.
From his home in London, Modi has been successful in generating a massive controversy after it emerged that Sushma and Vasundhara had helped the cricket czar in getting travel and other important documents. The opposition Congress has virtually stalled Parliament demanding the resignation of the two leaders.
Modi was fired from his job as IPL commissioner in 2010. In 2013, he was banned for life from playing any role in cricket administration by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
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