Lalit Modi case exposes Chennai Police Commissioners’ shameful cover-ups

The inaction of the Chennai City Police raises several questions

Lalit Modi

Are Tamil Nadu’s police officials shielding criminals of the worst kind and covering up scandals whose worth is measurable in thousands of crores?

The answer to that could be in the affirmative. If prosecution is to be launched at all, the accused could include former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi who held the home portfolio, DGP Letika Saran and her understudy – retired ADGP T Rajendran.

The office of Chennai City Police Commissioner has transferred the case against former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi and others to the Crime Branch CID. This is the follow-up of a harsh slamming by the Enforcement Directorate, reports said.

The details of the case in Chennai against Lalit Modi:

On 16 April 2010, the representatives of the Kochi franchise complained to BCCI that Lalit Modi had threatened them to give up the franchise. A day after the IPL final on 24 April, BCCI suspended Modi on 22 charges, including bypassing the governing council while taking decisions, not following proper processes, bid rigging, awarding contracts to his friends, accepting kickbacks on a broadcast deal, selling franchises to members of his family, betting and money laundering. Soon after his suspension, Modi moved to London, where his wife Minal’s family lived. In London, he hired Carter-Ruck to fight BCCI’s charges, and sent out defamation notices of his own. He also spent time expanding his family business in Europe.

Modi believed that N Srinivasan, who later became the BCCI President, had masterminded his ouster from BCCI.

Lalit Modi [no relation to Prime Minister Modi] is currently ensconced in London, armed with a British Passport – beyond the reach of Indian authorities. The central government had stated months ago that it had moved the Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice [RCN] against Modi and declaring him an international fugitive scofflaw. This was as a result of allegations of wrongdoing by Union Cabinet Minister for External Affairs – Sushma Swaraj – who requested the British authorities to issue travel documents to help Lalit attend to his ailing wife – getting treated in Portugal. Subsequent reports revealed an unholy nexus between Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Lalit Modi and the Portuguese clinic where Modi’s wife reportedly was undergoing treatment for a life-threatening cancer illness.

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Operative excerpts from a report in The Hindustan Times dated May 14 2017 reveal the worst:

“Indian security agencies are yet to submit a formal extradition request against Lalit Modi to the external affairs ministry.

“The ministry is yet to receive a formal extradition request in respect of Lalit Modi from the concerned investigating agency in India,” said the April 11 reply to the Right to Information query.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is pursuing 17 cases of alleged financial impropriety against Modi and other former office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket In India-Indian Premier League (BCCI-IPL) under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The amount involved is said to be a whopping Rs 2,200 crore.

Modi left India in 2010 following alleged financial irregularities in the cash-rich Indian Premier League’s 2009 season.

Asked about the delay in sending extradition request to the UK, an ED official said: “Before sending extradition request against the fugitive, it is necessary to file a chargesheet against him; that is yet to be submitted in court.”

In the past six years, the Tamil Nadu Police in Chennai have not completed the investigations and, therefore, no chargesheet has been filed against Modi.

Despite a special Mumbai court’s April 2016 order to the ED to expedite Modi’s extradition process, the agency has not submitted evidence to Interpol to enable it to issue a Red Corner Notice against him.”

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The fiddling around with facts began way back in 2010, when T Rajendran was the Commissioner of Police, Chennai. All the time, Lalit Modi and his Rs.6000 crore cigarette empire Godfrey Phillips [makers of the Four Square brand] remained untouched.

In his communiqué to TK Rajendran, Tamil Nadu’s Director General of Police, dated March 30, 2017, Karnal Singh, Director of Enforcement, Karnal Singh, pointed out tardy progress in the matter during the past 7 years.

Despite repeated requests from the Enforcement Directorate, the Chennai Police Department’s Central Crime Branch (CCB) had failed to provide details of progress made in the investigation of the case against Mr. Lalit Modi.

S Jaya Kumar, a superintendent of police currently posted beyond Chennai City Limits had sent a signed letter to the ED giving a wishy-washy reply, sources in ED said.

In April this year, other reports indicated that the money laundering case against ex-Indian Premier League (IPL) could be transferred to Mumbai Police.

Modi had been accused of indulging in a criminal conspiracy, cheating and falsification of accounts with regard to media rights’ deals in a case registered in October 2010. The relevant complaint was filed by N Srinivasan, then boss of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Rs.468 crores were misappropriated, Srinivasan’s complaint had alleged.

It took virtually two more years for the Enforcement Directorate to register a money laundering case. The basis was a a Chennai police complaint in 2012 on charges of alleged cheating of BCCI-IPL in granting overseas telecast rights of the T-20 cricket tournament in 2009.

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A Press Trust of India report revealed in April 2017 that Interpol apparently ruled in favour of Modi.

Modi is to have contested the issuance of such a warrant against him by the Interpol, on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) made in 2015.

Recently, Modi put out a tweet with a certificate that Interpol had exonerated him. The certificate stated that he is not ‘subject to an Interpol Red Notice or diffusion and is not known in Interpol’s database’.

The case against Modi was actually registered on October 28 2010, a report published in NDTV said.

“We have given a questionnaire to BCCI, seeking clarification on the series of meetings of BCCI and IPL and the minutes (of the meetings). Our investigation is on,” T Rajendran, city Police Commissioner told reporters in October 2009.

Police had registered a case against Modi and six others under different sections of IPC including criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, and falsification of accounts and cheating.

BCCI secretary N Srinivasan had filed a complaint against Modi, alleging misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 470 crore on issues including media rights and free commercial rights.”

Link to NDTV report

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