Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Visa row: Time to clean up this mess, says Lalit Modi

A day after Lalit Modi posted a large amount of Enforcement Directorate (ED) documents on his website,, related to the charges leveled against him by the government agency, the former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman on Tuesday evening launched a frontal attack on some leading politicians and bureaucrats.

In a series of tweets, Modi said: "My Q to @arunjaitley - how come you allowed one owner to have two teams. How come PSU are key sponsors of hockey league which u are owner and director of. How come Mrs Jaitley is lawyer to the hockey league. India wants to know" Modi also asked the media to investigate the role of the finance minister and his daughter in the Indian Hockey League.

Modi earlier alleged that Jaitley had controlled the BCCI for decades and had continued to stick by his "oldest friend", former board president N. Srinivasan, even after he was found guilty. The former IPL chief had also taken a jibe at Congress leader Rajiv Shukla, who was the IPL Chairman during Modi's time. He had called Shukla, Jaitley, Anurag Thakur, Jagmohan Dalmia and N. Srinivasan as the "Gang of Five who work together."

Modi questioned some Congress leaders whether they had taken any favour and asked them to disclose it. "My Q goes out to #congress #party #satish #sharma did u at any time take any #favors from @LalitKModi - PLEASE DISCLOSE #indiawantstoknow" Modi tweeted more: Further Q to #congress #party #Ghulamnabiazad please disclose whether you have taken any favor or hospitality from #modi family" Modi continued his salvo at the Congress and asked party leader Sachin Pilot: "My Q to #sachinpilot have you or your late father ever taken any favor or #hospitality from the #modi #family incl cash"
Playing the role of an anti-corruption crusader, Modi urged his followers to mail their experiences to him on the email id The former IPL chief, who is at the centre of a storm over the help he got from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and is facing an investigation into cases of FEMA violations, warned 'corrupt babus' in the ED and Income Tax Department of a 'cleaning up' of the agencies.

In response to the ED notices, Modi said: "Investigations proved that I had no role to play in any outward remittance. Consequently, no foreign exchange violation has been done by me."
Modi also took on Vivek Nagpal, who he called the 'biggest hawala operator'. Modi had, in an earlier ocassion, named Nagpal as the man who manipulated appointments and elections to the BCCI and is reportedly associated with President Pranab Mukherjee's secretary Omita Paul. Modi said: "the biggest hawala operator is #vivek #nagpal also best known as #omita #pauls #bagman. Lots of data on him. Does anyone care to investigate him no. Why? He has friends in the highest places. Media is blind most times. Follow my lead and see. Find the bank and FM should ensure he gets them to part all info of every indian with them. Surprisingly you will find all the IT/ Govt servants / ED etc etc accounts there. But will u. I doubt it. Go after the real money launderers. Look in the right direction instead of going after someone who only gave to his country and created a life changing product called lPL and 47,600 crores."

The former IPL chief, who admitted that he lives life king-size on his own money, said there will be more 'revelations'. "Wait for daily updates. Time to clean up this mess," he quipped.

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