Enforcement Directorate seeks Interpol notice against Lalit Modi
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday asked the Interpol wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to issue a Red Corner notice against the former Indian Premier League czar Lalit Modi.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday has sought an Interpol notice against the former Indian Premier League czar Lalit Modi in connection with its probe in a money laundering case relating to alleged financial irregularities in the operations of various editions of the T-20 cricket tournament..
ED's Mumbai office officially moved for a 'Red Interpol notice' against Modi on the basis of a non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued recently by a special court in the western metropolis of the country.
The agency has sought the global notice, sources said, as domestic legal remedies to serve its earlier issued Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) notice on Modi had not met with any success even as the ED alleged that Modi did not cooperate with it in this probe till now.
The ED headquarters, sources said, later forwarded the legal request to the CBI head office here to get a notice issued through the latter's Interpol wing.
A CBI spokesperson said the request has been received this afternoon from the ED and it will be processed after due verification.
CBI is the nodal agency for Interpol related affairs in India. Modi is currently based in the United Kingdom.
The ED, sources said, has sought a 'Red notice' which is issued "to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action" in a criminal case probe.
Once the Red notice is sounded, the Interpol seeks to arrest the person concerned in any part of the world and notifies that country to take his or her custody for further action at their end.
ED had last month moved a special PMLA court in Mumbai seeking NBW against Modi after he did not respond to summons sent to him.
Sources said the agency is also mulling to seek extradition of Modi by sending a request in this regard to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) through the Home Ministry.
(With Agency inputs)