Lalit Modi was IPL's first commissioner after its inception in 2008 © Getty Images
Lalit Modi was IPL’s first commissioner after its inception in 2008 © Getty Images

A non-bailable warrant is set to be issued from a Mumbai Court on Monday against former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the grounds of non-compliance of the summons issued earlier. On July 3, Indian financial investigators have ordered exiled former cricket chief Lalit Modi to return home to be interrogated over allegations of money-laundering linked to a mega TV deal. A case of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was filed against Modi. Modi has been accused of misappropriation of funds, which is believed to be worth around Rs. 470 crores during his tenure. READ: Enforcement Directorate summons Lalit Modi for interrogation

“Yes, we have issued summons to Lalit Modi. He has to now appear (before us), give the details we ask for and join in the investigation that is going on,” an Enforcement Directorate officer said.

“If he does not show up, we will take appropriate action,” he added. It is the first time that the directorate has issued a formal summons against Modi in connection with allegations that proceeds from the TV deal were funneled to unauthorised beneficiaries in Singapore and Mauritius. READ: IPL franchise’s question on BCCI’s final call

The Multi Screen Media (MSM) of Sony Entertainment paid a facilitation fee of 4.25 billion rupees ($67 million) to the Mauritius arm of World Sports Group (WSG) as part of a contract for taking over the broadcast rights of the IPL.

He was removed as IPL chairman in 2010 and later banned for life from holding any positions in the sport by the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Modi has consistently denied all accusations against him.

(Inputs from AFP)