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UK reprieve for Lalit Modi

Posted on Mar 06, 10:58AM | IBNS

New Delhi, Mar 5 : Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner and cricket administrator Lalit Modi, who is living in United Kingdom after facing a possible arrest in India if he returned, has got a reprieve from the UK authorities which told India that Modi cannot be extradited without a court request.

According to media reports, Modi will be allowed to stay in UK and would not be extradited in keeping with the law of that country.

UK said only if a court order is backed by the request for extradition they would consider it.

Modi, who launched the IPL in 2008 and glamourised it with involvement of stars, is fighting a running battle with the Indian cricket board BCCI.

Modi was suspended as chairman and Commissioner of the IPL in April 2010 on various charges of impropriety. Modi publicly protested his innocence immediately after the 2010 Indian Premier League Final had been played.

An income tax department report on Modi claimed that he holds a silent stake in three IPL teams - the Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. He is also under fire for allegedly helping his family and friends buy stakes in Indian Premier League teams.

Modi had his passport revoked by the Indian passport authorities on the basis of investigations against him by the Indian Enforcement Directorate.