Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi claims interpol reprieve, says ‘sword over my head gone’

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Lalit Modi, the Indian Premier League (IPL) founder blamed for corruption, has claimed on social media that the Interpol has rejected India’s request for a red corner notice to enable his extradition. “The sword that was hanging over my head had all of a sudden gone,” he said in a message on Instagram.

Mr Modi, 50, has been living in London for the past couple of years. He left India in 2010 in a haze of allegations related to tax evasion, illegal tax avoidance and proxy ownership linked to the money-minting IPL. The Enforcement Directorate says Mr Modi controlled the process of assigning broadcast rights of the IPL in 2009, reportedly in return for a kickback of more than 125 crores.

He has since declined to come back to India, alleging death threats from the underworld.

Through an Interpol Red Corner Notice, a nation can look for the location and arrest of a wanted person. A letter tweeted by Mr Modi quotes the Interpol as saying Mr Modi “as of today, is not subject to an Interpol Red Notice…and is not known in Interpol’s databases.”

In his post on Instagram, Mr Modi said he was left “totally numb” when he got the news that “Interpol had finally investigated and concluded and reached a verdict to support me with a detailed letter of rejection of India’s request for issuing of a red notice.”

Expressing “gratitude” to companions and supporters, the previous IPL chief said he is “ready for a new beginning”.

A non-bailable warrant was put out against Mr Modi in 2015. After the government faced opposition attacks in Parliament and was blamed for helping him with urgent travel papers in Britain , Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament that she helped on humanitarian grounds as his better half was experiencing cancer and she required surgery.

A year ago, the previous cricket czar again came in the media glare when tycoon Vijay Mallya hightailed it to London in the middle of desperate efforts to recover crores in unpaid loans.

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