23 September, 2020

From Thar To Iceland

Prime offender Lalit Modi plays fugitive as action against IPL’s excesses draws first blood

Soumik Kar
From Thar To Iceland

When Lalit Modi rose to speak at the magnificent celebration of his parents’ 50th marriage anniversary in Bangkok in the last week of August, he didn’t indulge in the grandiloquence of his days of glory and infamy as IPL commissioner. He was among family and friends, people who know him really well. He spoke briefly, from the heart. Modi, according to a guest, said he’d been always in some sort of trouble all his life, right from his childhood. He thanked his parents for supporting him and extricating him from trouble through his life.

But it’s unlikely that even his father, K.K. Modi of Modi Enterprises, can save his son from the clutches of law, if and when he does return to India. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is closing in on him, seeking his presence to answer questions over FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) violations and even the possibility that he had been laundering money into two IPL teams, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.

The BCCI has suspended its contract with the two teams....



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