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Lalit Modi's passport revoked

March 4, 2011 - Mumbai

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi's passport was on Friday revoked by the Mumbai Regional Passport Office (RPO).

Modi has been out of the country and refusing to return to face Enforcement Directorate (ED) investigations into corruption charges and violation of foreign exchange management Act (FEMA) related to the Twenty20 tournament.

Modi has cited security threats as a reason for him staying away.

The ED, which looks into foreign exchange violations, had written to the External Affairs Ministry on October 5 last year asking it to revoke Modi's passport since he had persistently refused to face the ED regarding allegations of financial irregularities.

In September last year, the 46-year-old was suspended from all involvement in Indian cricket, and was replaced as IPL chief by Chirayu Amin.

He was also stripped of his position as Vice-President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and also lost his job as chairman of the Champions League Twenty20, a club tournament organized jointly by India, Australia and South Africa.

Earlier, in October last year, the ED had issued a "Look Out Circular" against Modi at all entry points and airports in the country.

The circular had been sent to entry points and airports in the country along with his photographs.

The circular empowers the police and other enforcement agencies to detain the individual at these check points and immediately inform about the detention to the issuing agency.

Modi was accused of committing a wide range of corruption allegations, including bribery and tax evasion, resulting in his suspension from the post of IPL Commissioner in April.


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