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Interpol seeks reasons for red corner notice against Lalit Modi

New Delhi: In a vindication to Lalit Modi's claim that red corner notice against him is mostly hot air, Interpol has sought reasons from the Enforcement Directorate on why a Red Corner Notice (RCN) should
India TV News Desk September 07, 2015 12:41 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: In a vindication to Lalit Modi's claim that red corner notice against him is mostly hot air, Interpol has sought reasons from the Enforcement Directorate on why a Red Corner Notice (RCN) should be issued against former IPL chief who is facing a probe in a money laundring case in India.

According to a report in The Indian Express, the Indian investigating agency received queries from Interpol, world's largest international police organisation on August 20.

The Interpol Secretariat has raised queries regarding the evidences available against Lalit Modi, details of the other accused in the case and the predicate offence based on which the agency registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) besides reasons for delay in the investigation, the report said.

On August 12, Lalit Modi tweeted a copy of a mail written to him by Petra De Krijger, Director of Lindeborg, the legal firm representing his case which said that the Interpol in an “unprecedented decision” had agreed to hear out Modi before proceeding against him.

Copies of emails exchanged on August 11 between Lalit Modi's legal representation Lindeborg and Interpol's Secretariat to the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files show that Modi was assured of a hearing in case of a request from India.

Linderborg in its letter to Interpol has claimed that the case against Modi is “politically motivated”.

In its reply, Interpol has assured Modi of a hearing in case of a request from India. “You will be granted the opportunity to make submissions,” an email from Interpol stated.

The ED is probing Modi and its executives for alleged violation of anti-money laundering laws. In its notice, the agency has accused Modi of sending “fraud” emails and being a suspect beneficiary of Rs 125 crore illegal funds in connection with the Rs 425 crore deal for grant of media rights of the T-20 tournament.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament was washed out completely over Modi's alleged links with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.