Mumbai court okays ED’s move to extradite Lalit Modi

The ED application was seeking that the authorities in the UK take necessary steps for bringing back Lalit Modi to India over money laundering cases

A Mumbai court on Wednesday accepted the enforcement directorate’s (ED) plea seeking extradition of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi in cases of money laundering.

The ED application was seeking that the authorities in the UK take necessary steps for locating and identifying Modi in a bid to bring back him to India well as question him in connection with the cases.

Accepting ED’s application, the designated court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) reportedly allowed the letter of a request to competent authorities to allow Lalit Modi’s extradition.

“In the application before the court, we have stated that the court issue LR to UK for execution of non-bailable warrant issued against (Lalit) Modi and his consequent transfer to India for joining the investigation,” an ED official earlier said.

Currently, the central agency is probing the case against lalit Modi over a 2008 deal between World Sports Group (WSG) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) for television rights worth Rs 425 crore for the Indian Premier League season.

Arguing before the court on Tuesday, the counsel for ED, Hiten Venegaokar, said the agency had tried all way possible to execute the warrants issued by the court but he has not replied.

“We need his presence to question him and seek clarification on several aspects in the probe. For this, we have to initiate the process,” Venegaokar said before the court.

India recently asked the UK to extradite Lalit Modi, liquor baron Vijay Mallya, Christian Michel, who is an accused in the AgustaWestland helicopter scam, and 56 others, including members of some Sikh extremist groups.

A list of wanted individuals was handed over to the visiting delegation, led by British Prime Minister Theresa May, even as the two sides agreed on enhancing counter-terror measures but failed to reach a consensus on how to deal with outstanding visa issues, media reports said.