- Former IPL chief Lalit Modi recently filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court
- The writ petition was filed to challenge the theory that Modi was solely responsible for IPL scam
- Acting on court’s order, ED has cross-examined Chirayu Amin and Sundar Amin in relation with the case
In a recent development in the long-running Indian Premier League scam (IPL scam) saga, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned former IPL COO Sundar Raman and former IPL chairman and ex-BCCI vice-president Chirayu Amin to cross-examine them in connection with their apparent roles in the scam which unfolded in the year 2010.
During the cross-examination proceedings, which were conducted in the presence of Lalit Modi’s lawyers, Chirayu Amin told the ED team he was not a party to any dubious transactions carried out during the scam and that he had only assumed the post of IPL commissioner upon Modi’s suspension in April 2010, while the case dates back to 2009.
As reported by Hindustan Times, Mehmood Ando, Lalit Modi’s lawyer, who was present during the cross-examination, said: “Amin however denied being in the loop of any financial transactions done by Modi. He added that neither he nor his predecessor were involved in any financial decisions of IPL.”
Revisiting the IPL scam
Owing to general elections in the year 2009, the BCCI was forced to move the second edition of the IPL to South Africa by entering into an agreement with Cricket South Africa (CSA). Subsequently, the board decided to open a foreign bank account in the Rainbow nation and money was transferred to the account, allegedly without obtaining a permission letter from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The whole matter is now being probed by the ED.
Lalit Modi’s writ petition in Bombay High Court
After the scam unfolded across global news channels and newspapers, former IPL chief Lalit Modi was earmarked as the sole prime accused in the matter and as a result, was exiled from board’s activities.
The current cross-examination by the ED is being conducted based on a writ filed by Modi in the Bombay high court, stating that senior BCCI officials were in the loop about the same. The former Rajasthan Cricket Association head also mentioned in his petition that he was not entirely responsible for the overseas monetary transactions during IPL 2009.
ED’s probe is focused on the illegal money transfer, which amounted to a violation under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). However, the BCCI has maintained that there was no wrongdoing on their part and that the whole thing was down to Modi.
In February this year, the Bombay high court accepted Modi’s plea to cross-examine top BCCI officials before the ED. Other than Chirayu Amin, former IPL COO Sundar Raman was also cross-examined during the proceedings and he also maintained the same line as BCCI.
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