Interpol website to soon flash ‘wanted’ notice against Lalit Modi

The government is contemplating a red-corner notice (RCN) against Lalit Modi, former commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The special Interpol wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will issue the RCN on the Interpol’s website in a day or two, with a request to arrest him and hand him over to Enforcement Directorate (ED) in India.

Lalit Modi

A top CBI official told dna: “We have received a formal request from the ED, seeking Interpol notice against Modi. We are in the process of examining the case details.”

“Ideally, it takes one or two days to process it. If the request has been made on a priority basis, it gets processed in 24 hours,” said the official.

The enforcement agency sent a formal request on Tuesday to the special Interpol wing of the CBI, seeking RCN against Lalit Modi.

A red-corner notice is an arrest warrant or court order issued by the judicial authorities in the country concerned. Many of Interpol’s member-countries consider an RCN to be a valid request for provisional arrest.

The Interpol publishes notices based on requests from its member states’ National Central Bureaus (NCBs). All notices are published on Interpol’s secure website and extracts of notices can also be published on Interpol’s public website, if the requesting entity agrees.

“Just after the issuance of a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Modi, the enforcement agency initiated the mandatory procedure. The complete case details with the copy of the warrant of arrest has been handed over to the CBI,” an ED official told dna.

For RCN, a warrant of arrest is a condition for offenders wanted at international level.

According to sources, “Modi’s personal information, a short account of the circumstances of the case in which he is wanted, along with the full details of the charges have been submitted.”

dna had, on August 6, reported that the probe agency has initiated the process of RCN with the Interpol wing and he (Modi) would get a red-corner notice, probably in a week.

Modi left India shortly after the ED started its probe against him in 2009.

The ED investigation could not be finalised without Modi’s statement on his role in the deal between World Sports Group, Mauritius, and Multi Screen Media, Singapore. The case relates to the BCCI, which had awarded a 10-year media rights to WSG for $918 million. WSG then entered into a deal with MSM to make Sony the official broadcaster. The contract was replaced later with a nine-year deal, where MSM paid $1.63 billion.

“We have been wanting to interrogate him for years now. He has not been co-operating. Despite several summons in both cases, he didn’t turn up. Hence the move to issue international notices and force him to comply with the law,” said an ED official.

On July 27, the ED had moved the special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) seeking a non-bailable warrant against Modi, since he failed to appear before the agency even after three summons.

The special court, on August 5, issued an NBW against Modi in connection with a case of money-laundering, following a plea by the ED.

Beside this, Letters Rogatory, which has been issued early this month, have gone to Singapore, Mauritius and other countries, seeking assistance in the case.