Lalitgate: Devendra Fadnavis orders probe into Rakesh Maria's statement

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed his Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi to look into the statement given by Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, wherein he admitted to meeting former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

"Prima facie, the explanation of Police Commissioner Maria appears satisfactory. However, some points need further elaboration. I have asked the ACS to look into it," Fadnavis said.

In a statement issued by the office of the Mumbai Police Commissioner, Maria said that he was approached by an advocate representing Lalit Modi who stated that the former IPL boss wanted to meet him.

Maria further said that Lalit Modi repeatedly kept requesting for Mumbai Police's intervention against the underworld.

The Mumbai Police Commissioner's disclosure comes at a time when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje are in the middle of a controversy over their role in helping the tainted former IPL Commissioner.

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