Mystery woman is Mallya's daughter

Identity revealed

Mystery woman is Mallya's daughter

Laila Mahmood

She is believed to have been questioned by I-T authorities who visited the offices of the BCCI and the IPL commissioner in the wake of controversy surrounding the Kochi IPL team franchise involving Union Minister Shashi Tharoor.

The I-T authorities probing various aspects of the IPL controversy have been able to ascertain the identity of the ‘mystery’ woman as Laila, a source in the department said.
Mallya also said in a statement that “my stepdaughter Laila Mahmood works for Lalit Modi. I know nothing about this. I called Lalit Modi and he confirmed that she has given a statement to the Income Tax officials.”

I-T officials had come across CCTV footage of a woman exiting Modi’s office just before the sleuths arrived on Thursday. Suspecting that the woman, who was seen carrying what appeared like a laptop and some documents, might have carried away some important documents, the I-T authorities got into action and identified her. The I-T department plans to enlarge its current inquiry into the IPL’s financial transactions to cover all the franchises amidst allegations of murky deals even as it questioned Laila Mahmood.

Voluminous report
Notwithstanding claims by Lalit Modi that it was routine questioning on Thursday by officials at the premises of BCCI and his office in Mumbai, I-T department sources said the special team has prepared a voluminous report on the operations and sent it to the Finance Ministry in Delhi.

Top sources said that in the wake of the report, plans were afoot to summon representatives of the various IPL team owners for questioning and for production of teams.

It may also include search operations on their official premises, the source said adding it could be a long process. Officially there has been no word on the operations in Mumbai but sources said the department in Mumbai has been asked to carry out further inquiries and, if necessary, even surveys and raids on IPL premises and those of its franchises.
“We are widening our inquiry.  However, it will takesome time before we obtain all details about IPL’s transactions,” the sources said.

Earlier indications were that only the new franchisees Kochi and Pune could be investigated but now the department may be expected to scrutinise the bid process of all the franchises in the wake of allegations about the sourcing of the funds of the teams.

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