Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Lalit Modi

Mumbai,August 5: A special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act today issued a non-bailable arrest warrant (NBW) against former IPL boss Lalit Modi in connection with a case of money laundering following a plea by the Enforcement Directorate.

ED had moved the special court last week seeking NBW against Modi after he did not respond to summons sent to him.

According to ED sources, this warrant will be sent to the Ministry of External Affairs which in turn will be sending it to the United Kingdom. Lalit Modi left the country shortly after the ED began its probe against him in 2009.

However, getting the NBW order did not come easy for the probe agency as the judge first questioned ED's delay in seeking the NBW and later raised the jurisdictional issue too.

The court also wanted to know why the agency was not arresting him and had sought the NBW, and whether a warrant can be issued during the investigation.

Last month, the court had issued Letters Rogatory (LR) to Singapore and Mauritius, seeking assistance in the case.

BCCI had registered an FIR in Chennai against Lalit Modi in 2010 under the IPC with regard to a deal between MSM Singapore and WSG media, a sports marketing and event management company.

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