IT dept questions Modi for 2nd time in a week

IT dept questions Modi for 2nd time in a week

IT dept questions Modi for 2nd time in a week

The family man: Lalit Modi with his family members during the first IPL-3 semi-final match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI

“Modi was questioned about broadcasting rights related to IPL,” an IT source said.
The questioning by about half-a-dozen senior IT officials that lasted about an hour at Modi’s office in a plush central Mumbai hotel, the source said.

Modi was also quizzed late last Thursday at his office in Worli and the exercise went on till the wee hours of the next morning.

Earlier in the day, the IT officials conducted search and survey operations at the offices of Multi-Screen Media, formerly Sony Entertainment Television, International Management Group and World Sports Group (WSG), all of which are closely connected to the Lalit Modi-led IPL. MSM is the telecasting agency of IPL, while WSG is its marketing arm. IMG is the organising agency of the IPL. Besides, a similar exercise was undertaken at the Bandra residence of Venu Nair, CEO of WSG.

In another development, leading industrial conglomerate Videocon, one of the unsuccessful participants in the latest IPL bidding, is understood to have submitted a copy of its bidding document to the IT department.

It is learnt that Gujarat-based Adani Group, which also made an unsuccessful bid for one of the two new IPL franchises that went under the hammer, has not yet submitted a copy of its bid document to the authorities.

The department was currently in the process of procuring and scrutinising the original bid documents (IPL-I) of eight original franchises, the source said, adding that Wednesday’s operations at the premises of some franchises related to that aspect.

Asked whether the department was contemplating any action against Sunanda Pushkar, a close friend of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, the source said, “she is still under the IT scanner.”