Red Corner Notice against Lalit Modi likely in next few days

NEW DELHI (TIP): Inching close to nailing controversial businessman Lalit Modi, the CBI has sent documents related to the former IPL boss, being probed for alleged money laundering in conduct of the T-20 cricket tournament, to Interpol for issuance of a Red Corner Notice against him. Interpol is likely to put up the notice worldwide in a couple of days, said officials.

“All necessary documents in the case being probed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been sent to the Interpol for issuance of the notice,” sources said.

The move came after a Mumbai court recently issued a non-bailable warrant against the former IPL commissioner.

The ED has sought Interpol’s help as domestic legal options available to it for serving its summons to Modi issued under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) failed. After his lawyer in Mumbai refused to accept the summons, contending he was not authorized for it, the ED had e-mailed it to the former IPL honcho, who has made London his home, but elicited no response from him.

CBI is the nodal agency for Interpol-related affairs in India. The agency officials said that they verified and legally scrutinized ED’s request after which it has been forwarded to Interpol.

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The Red Corner Notice 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 Corner Notice has been issued, 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.

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