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ED sends notice to BCCI, Modi over transaction with IMG

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate has issued a showcause notice to the BCCI and suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi for transfer of Rs 90 crore to UK, in connection with it`s probe in the alleged financial irregularities in the T20 cricket tournament.

This is the first showcause notice by the agency in the case after it last year began investigations related to various contraventions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the conduct of the glamourous cricketing event in the country and abroad.

"The notice has been sent to the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Lalit Modi for the transfer of funds totalling about Rs 90 crore to the UK in violation of norms laid down in this regard by the RBI," ED sources said.

The ED has asked both BCCI and Modi to reply to a set of questions which the agency has found un-answered during it`s probe into the transfer of funds to various domestic and offshore locations in connection with the IPL.

The showcause notice can either be replied in person or by an authorised representative of the BCCI and Modi along with documentary proof.

The ED unit here, according to sources, has traced some remittances to an event management firm in UK, hired for IPL by BCCI, and a report from the RBI in this connection has said that due permissions from the regulator to transfer this fund, were not taken.

The showcause notice, under provisions of FEMA, is an effort to obtain the facts for such a movement of funds by the BCCI and Modi, who was the Commissioner of the IPL then.

Widening its probe into the finances of the IPL, the ED had also summoned former India captain Ravi Shastri.

The ED is investigating into the alleged violations under the FEMA against various IPL franchises and foreign exchange and remittance related offences and connected issues concerning both the IPL and the BCCI.

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