Aide deletes Lalit Modi's secretive emails till April 2010
New Delhi: Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi's secretary Deepa Palekar had deleted all e-mails till April 2010 which could have revealed more about former's business transactions and deals with top politicians of the country.
The latest disclosure was made during an Income-Tax investigation against Modi, wanted by Enforcement Department in Foreign exchange (FOREX) violation cases.
Times of India reported that Palekar, who handled Modi's all business affairs, was paid an annual salary of Rs 45.60 lakh and operated eight email accounts.
Palekar told I-T officials that she had created eight email accounts to transact business of these companies.
In one account, email@example.com, communications were found only after April 2010. The remaining accounts had no mails.
The lady deleted the mails as all work related to them were completed, according to I-T officials, adding that for some other accounts, she claimed the mails got deleted as the computer had a problem.
The registered office of all these companies was on 3rd floor, Nirlon House, AB Road, Worli, Mumbai.
The I-T had sought the books of accounts related to 10 Modi companies along with its related concerns. After examining computers seized from Palekar in 2010, it was found that no documents were available about business activities of these companies.
Report also said that Palekar tried to delete evidence of Modi and his group's companies.
Palekar, MA in Economics and an MBA, also held the post of director in nine of Modi's companies. She was director in Ananda Advisory Services Pvt Ltd and Ananda Developers Pvt Ltd along with seven others. In the 10th company - Integrated Technology Services Pvt Ltd - she was just an employee.
Lalit Modi is in news from last fortnight after it was revealed that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had helped him procuring his travel documents in UK in July last year. This came as a huge embarrassment for the ruling NDA alliance at the Centre with Opposition demanding removal of the Union Minister.