Arrest warrant issued for ex-IPL boss

An Indian court issued an arrest warrant against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi over allegations of money laundering in a television deal.

The Mumbai court heeded a request from the economic investigative body, Enforcement Directorate, which said Modi was not co-operating in an investigation into whether money from the deal in 2008 benefited unauthorised persons.

The ED is investigating the routing of money in the TV deal, in which a facilitation fee of $US90 million ($A121.95 million) was allegedly paid by one company to another for obtaining telecast rights for the IPL.

Modi, based in England since 2010, has been served summons previously. His passport was even revoked in 2011 before the Delhi High Court asked for the passport to be restored last year.

Modi has managed to stay in England since there has never been any court order asking for his extradition.

According to procedure, Wednesday’s warrant has to be routed to Britain through India’s external affairs ministry.

Modi, who was once also the vice president of the BCCI, was banned by the cricket body in 2013 for allegedly rigging IPL auction bids, bullying franchises, and selling media rights without proper authorisation.

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