The alleged Rs 125 crore money-laundering case related to allotment of broadcasting rights for IPL matches in 2009 against Lalit Modi has been lying in the docks for almost 6 years now.
The case is beginning to show some headway with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) asking for assistance from Singapore and Mauritius to tighten its case against Lalit Modi.
The process of issuing a letter of request under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to countries, including Singapore and Mauritius, was started by the ED on Monday.
The letter asks the countries to provide account details of companies and individuals suspected to be involved in money transactions.
“After examining those details, the ED may ask for issuance of a red-corner notice against Modi or can ask for his extradition,” said a senior ED officer.
Under rules governing letter of intent formalities with Singapore and Mauritius, the countries will have to provide the requested details in a time-bound manner.
The ED has earlier issued notices to Modi under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), which is governed by civil laws and usually ends with a monetary penalty.
But PMLA is governed by criminal laws and allows for the accused to be arrested.
The money laundering case is related to a complaint filed by former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) N Srinivasan against Modi in Chennai in 2010.
Modi had been charged for misappropriation of Rs 425 crore while allotting media broadcasting rights of IPL in 2009. The allegations said Modi got Rs 125 crore from the deal.
In 2009, BCCI had awarded IPL media rights to World Sports Group (WSG) initially for 10 years.
Later, the rights were reissued to Multi-Screen Media (MSM), which was made to pay Rs 425 crore to WSG for relinquishing the rights.
“There was no agreement between the BCCI and WSG and WSG had no rights to relinquish”, officials told TOI.
The Lalit Modi controversy has cast a dubious light on external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, with the opposition alleging wrongdoing and BJP stonewalling the allegations.
-by Veturi Srivatsa
New Delhi, October 23, 2017 :So much of cricket is being played around the world — Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s. The so-called pecking order is going for a toss with each passing series.
India, who got to the No. 1 position in the One-Day Internationals after beating Australia, vacated it for South Africa who went up beating Bangladesh.
Bangladesh are still playing in South Africa, Sri Lanka in the Gulf, home of Pakistan, and New Zealand are in India for a series each in the two shorter formats. Australia are getting ready for the Ashes and the South Africans will be looking forward to settling a score with India.
Every international side is seriously looking to the 2019 World Cup, building their core component, or is it rebuilding with less than two years for the mega event. Some top cricketers around the world are happy playing in the shorter formats to prolong their careers and with an eye on the pay packages.
There was a time good Test cricketers used to move into the One-Day format on the strength of their technique and fitness. Players now look to get into the Test squad on the weight of their performance in the ODIs. Both the players and the selectors are striking a blance between the long duration domestic cricket and the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL).
India are going through a peculiar renaissance of sorts. Players who are thought to be indispensable not long ago are being rested, rotated and dropped whichever way one wants to take the selectors’ and team management’s perspective.
Not one or two players, practically the entire Test attack is banished to domestic cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajay Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are playing in the ongoing Ranji Trophy just to keep them in the loop. Jadeja is, with a vengeance, scoring hundreds and taking wickets.
The captain and chief coach Ravi Shastri seem to be calling the shots. Virat Kohli, like his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is slowly seeing the back of senior cricketers who he feels are slow coaches in the field, Jadeja being the exception. Both Jadeja and Ashwin had to go out for their inability to take wickets in the middle-overs on a regular basis.
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal are providing the variety in the attack and importantly they are taking wickets bowling at any stage of the match. Axar Patel is doing the backup job. If Ashwin and Jadeja are in consideration for 2019, then they should also get to bowl a lot of overs before their fate is decided once and for all.
If there are four players good enough to open the innings, none of them is being considered for a middle-order position. Actually, Lokesh Rahul is the man the team management wants to keep him in the squad. He also prefers to open the innings and he just couldn’t adjust at No.4 behind Kohli. Hardik Pandya was tried at four and looked good in one match and then he became a floater, pushing Dhoni up and down.
Ajinkya Rahane continues to be a stop-gap opener, getting an opportunity whenever Rohit Sharma or Shikhar Dhawan are out through injuries. Strangely, he is not seen as a middle-order bat after an impression was created that he cannot rotate the strike, though it was during his early years in international cricket.
The other middle-order slots are now with Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey, both have good performances and the powers that be think the two should to be nursed, particularly Jadhav who is not only a handy bowler but also a decent wicket-keeper in an emergency. Rahul is another who keen keep wickets. Amazingly, the squad to play New Zealand has a regular wicket-keeper, Dinesh Karthik as a batsman. He is also seen as a contender for the No.4 position.
Kohli continues to be the man to hold both the top order and in the middle, more so while chasing. His record is amazing going into his 200th match on Sunday against New Zealand in Mumbai. He has 12 hundreds more than Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly who had 18 each at the very stage of their careers.
Kohli’s faith in Dhoni as his onfield consultant gives a totally different connotation to captaincy. None of the Fab Four or Five ever looked demonstrably carrying the side as Dhoni looks today. The arrangement is working out perfectly fine. The two are pulling the the youngsters in the side with them to give them confidence.
When will the exciting IPL stars get a chance if others are allowed to consolidate their positions playing at home? When will Rishab Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana or someone like all-rounder Washington Sundar and fast bowler Mohammad Siraj get a look in?
The bench strength looks impressive, but it has to be tested sooner than later.
(Editorial note : This article has been written by Veturi Srivatsa, a senior journalist and was first published at IANS. The views expressed are personal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)