Lalit Modi claims he was forced to leave India

Updated: Nov 19, 2012, 10:28 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Days after the Indian government initiated fresh steps to bring back Lalit Modi to India from UK, the former IPL commissioner has claimed that he is being victimised in the financial irregularities case.

In a statement Modi, residing in UK for nearly two years, said that the Ministry of External Affairs is requesting to enforce his return to India for questioning based on innuendo and inaccurate reports.

Modi claimed that he was forced to leave India and denied claims that he has been evading the investigation.

Earlier, the Finance Ministry, sources said, had written to the External Affairs Ministry pointing out that Modi continues to stay in the UK for a long time even though his passport has been revoked.

The matter is, however, sub-judice. It had asked the Foreign Ministry to take the help of British authorities to get Modi back to India.

When contacted, Modi`s General Counsel and Constituted Attorney Mehmood M Abdi said that he is not aware of any such move by the Finance Ministry. Abdi added that "though it is an inter-ministerial correspondence to which I have no access, and therefore in absence of full details I cannot comment yet as reported by a section of media. If it is true then it`s very unfortunate."

"Allegations of ED are false and motivated by extraneous reasons and all show cause notices of ED have been replied by Modi. The replies are in public domain and are available on the website of Modi. The revocation of passport was also arbitrary," he said.