New Delhi, Mar 28: Granting major relief to former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi, the International Criminal Police Organization rejected India’s request of issuing red notice against the IPL founder. Lalit Modi posted a message on Instagram stating, “The sword that was hanging over my head had suddenly gone.”
Accused of money-laundering, tax evasion and proxy ownership in IPL, Lalit Modi left India in 2010 and has been living in London since then. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been trying to bring Lalit Modi to India accusing him of manipulating the process of assigning the broadcast rights of IPL in 2009, in exchange of Rs 125 crores.
After the Interpol’s rejection of arresting Lalit Modi on the extradition request of the Indian government, Lalit Modi tweeted quotes from the Interpol which stated, “as of today, is not subject to an Interpol Red Notice…and is not known in Interpol’s databases.”
In the image shared on social media, the Interpol letter dated March 24, 2017, reads, “As of today, Mr Lalit Kumar Modi, born 29 November 1963, is not subject to an Interpol Red notice or diffusion and not known in Interpol’s database.”
Lalit Modi has served as Vice President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), President of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and is also the founder and architect of IPL.
Lalit Modi also tweeted the image of the letter on social media.
After the continuous attack by the opposition of helping Lalit Modi to escape with urgent travel papers, a non-bailable warrant was issued against him in 2015. Speaking on the issue, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj stated in Parliament that since Modi’ wife was suffering from cancer and needed surgery, she helped him on humanitarian grounds.