Fresh email shows Lalit Modi wanted to “influence judicial process”


A fresh email related to Modi shows a “nexus” between him and Mumbai police officials to allegedly influence the judicial process in to a case against his rival and then BCCI chief N Srinivasan.

A report carried by the Indian Express said that a whistle-blower called Neeraj Gunde had complained to the union law ministry in February 2014 about an email trail that “exposed the fact” that Arup Patnaik, Mumbai’s former police commissioner, and Ranjib Biswal, who was the IPL chief last year, “brokered the deal to unseat Mr Srinivasan…”

According to the report, the law ministry was made aware of this ‘nexus’ four months before Sushma Swaraj wrote to British official clearing the way for Modi to obtain his travel documents.

Patnaik, however, denied the charges, ““I have never interacted with Lalit Modi. I know of Ranjib Biswal but he is not an acquaintance. I categorically deny having any association with Modi, leave alone the question of interceding on his behalf.”

Biswal, for his part, told the paper, “iswal said: “I have not spoken to Modi since the time he left India in 2010. There has been no association with him whatsoever.”

The former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has been dominating the media coverage in India for more than a week after it was revealed that the foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had helped him obtain travel documents even when he was being tried for money laundering and black money by the enforcement directorate.

Later, new revelations surfaced involving Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia. Documents showed how she had agreed to become a secret witness in Modi’s immigration papers on a condition that this information was not made public.