The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday forwarded to Interpol an Enforcement Directorate request to issue a red-corner notice against former IPL chief Lalit Modi in a money-laundering case.
A red-corner notice is issued to arrest a person wanted in another country and extradite him or her.
“We are the nodal agency for all communications with Interpol. The ED’s request has been forwarded to Interpol through us,” a CBI official said.
On August 11, the directorate sent the request to the CBI on the basis of a non-bailable warrant issued against Mr. Modi.
The warrant was issued by a Mumbai court as he did not appear before the investigating team despite repeated summons.
The ED is exploring other legal options to ensure that Mr. Modi joins the investigation into the money-laundering charges against him and others in connection with the awarding of BCCI-IPL cricketing media rights in 2009.
The directorate registered the case in December 2012, on the basis of a complaint filed by the then BCCI chief, N. Srinivasan, with the Chennai Police in 2010 alleging that Mr. Modi and others had embezzled money in the awarding of media rights.
The ED is investigating allegations of violations of foreign exchange rules in the transfer of Rs. 21 crore from a Mauritius-based firm to Anand Heritage Hotels Private Ltd., a company later taken over allegedly by Mr. Modi and his wife. Of the sum, Rs. 11.64 crore was later transferred to Niyant Heritage Hotels Private Ltd., owned by Dushyant Singh, son of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, in the form of unsecured loans and share transfers, the agency said.