Even as the government's efforts are on to bring back Lalit Modi, the former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner and chairman, to India from UK, Modi has issued a statement saying that there is no truth in stories that the Ministry for External Affairs is seeking assistance from the UK authorities to enforce his return and that he is being victimised.
“The continued stories suggesting the Ministry for External Affairs is requesting assistance from the UK authorities to enforce my return to India for questioning are based on innuendo and mis-information. The intention is clearly to suggest I am avoiding official requests to co-operate and to give the perception that I therefore have something to hide. The truth of the matter is very different,” Modi said in the official statement.
The former official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who has been staying in London since over two years now, has claimed that the investigations started following the resignation of Shashi Tharoor as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs two years back, following Modi's tweets disclosing sweat equity in the Kochi franchise of the IPL.
Citing the reason of his shifting base to London, Modi wrote, “There was also an impression created that I have been trying to evade questioning by the Indian authorities. This is also untrue. I was forced to leave India when the security provided to me by the police was suddenly withdrawn.”
Mentioning the names of other people in the case of financial irregularities within the IPL, Modi said that he alone has not been issued with the Show Cause notice. “The Show Cause notices issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in 2011 and 2012 were distributed to up to 10 recipients. These include the BCCI itself as well as individuals including current President, N Srinivasan, S Manohar, M Pandove, R Shetty. These recipients, like me, were officers of the BCCI at the time the investigation is focused upon. I am included in my capacity as IPL chairman. However the fact that I had no financial powers is entirely ignored,” he said.
He further added that the investigation are being conducted into the IPL and not on him personally. “The story relating to extradition is erroneous. It is clear this story has been positioned to increase the perception of me as a fugitive and an individual who is evading the authorities. I remain a legal resident in England and there is nothing I can provide to the authorities by travelling to India that I cannot provide from London,” he added.