It is not the first time that Lalit Modi has taken to Twitter to rake up a controversy, but this time the allegations, if true, are far more serious than his usual blame game against BCCI president N. Srinivasan.
In a series of eight tweets on Friday, Modi alleged that someone — whom he didn’t name — had conducted illegal surveillance on Justice Mukul Mudgal and on himself in London.
While he didn’t specify the timeframe or the persons behind the snooping, he dropped enough hints that it was the handiwork of Srinivasan.
“What I just learnt seems straight out of a spy movie thriller. Apparently someone authorised an agency in london- 4 a 24 hour surveillance... On Retired Chief Justice Mudgal whilst he was in london. I was a secondary target. I am shocked that such a thing happened. I have now .... Asked my lawyers etc to please investigate who was behind this. What we have so far learnt is just like a spy thriller. Will say more as I get more information from my team [sic],” Modi tweeted at around 6pm IST.
“There were 6 teams hired who did round the clock surveillance using 3 Audi cars and bikes and a cab. Who could possibly have. Authorised such an operation. Let's wait and find out more. Over to the media to check also.”
Expounding further a little while later, Modi tweeted: “My security company has some details of the operatives and are verifying who is behind this operation. This covert invasion of privacy and totally illegal operation I am told cost crores of Rupees a day. No guessing who could be behind this. Before I spell out the names let me just get confirmation.”
If indeed that is true, it could have very serious implications on the whole fracas surrounding Srinivasan, the Indian Premier League and the betting and fixing scandal that rocked the cash-rich league last year, also involving Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan.
However, Modi has been running pretty much a smear campaign against Srinivasan, who played a key role in ousting him from the BCCI and the chairmanship of the IPL.
MODI ED CASE
Meanwhile, a Divisional Bench of the Bombay High Court has set aside the opinion formed by the Enforcement Directorate to hold adjudication proceedings against Modi.
The bench, comprising Justice Vajifdar and Justice Collabawala, said there was a “violation of the principles of natural justice” whereby much of the documents relied upon by the agency were not supplied, and the opinion rendered was wholly unreasoned.
The court has given an option to the ED to issue a fresh show cause notice. However, it should either choose not to rely on these documents, or supply them and give a fresh opportunity to Modi to reply and then form a reasoned opinion, according to a press release issued by Modi’s team of lawyers headed by Mehmood Abdi.
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