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HC provides relief to Lalit Modi; setback for ED

The Bombay High Court yesterday directed the Enforcement Directorate to provide documents to sacked IPL chief Lalit Modi based on which the central agency had issued him show cause notices in July 2011 and March 2013 for alleged foreign exchange violations in the IPL held in South Africa in 2009.


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The bench, comprising Justice SJ Vazifdar and Justice BP Colabawalla, said its order came on two counts — the violation of principles of natural justice whereby much of the documents relied upon by the agency were not supplied and that the opinion rendered was wholly unreasoned, a statement released on behalf of Modi said. The court has given an option to the ED to issue a fresh show cause notice.

The statement cited the court order as having said that either the ED should choose not to rely on the said documents which it has consistently failed to supply despite repeated demands — in which case, it should choose to exclude those documents from consideration all together.

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