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Mumbai, July 27 (ANI): Lalit Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi has alleged that he was threatened by fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari with dire consequences if he continued to represent the former IPL boss.

The lawyer has also sought police protection saying that the gangster had threatened to harm him and his family.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate has moved special PMLA court seeking issuance of non- bailable warrant against Lalit Modi.

The Enforcement Directorate had earlier issued summons asking him to appear for questioning within a fortnight, failing which the agency will take ‘appropriate action’.

The case relates to a 2008 deal between World Sports Group (WSG) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) for television rights of Indian Premier League (IPL) worth Rs 425 crores.

In 2008, the BCCI had awarded media rights for ten years to WSG for 918 million dollars. WSG entered into a deal with the MSM to make Sony the official broadcaster. The contract was replaced a year later with a nine-year deal where MSM paid 1.63 billion dollars.

The ED started a probe in 2009 under the Foreign Exchange Management Act to investigate whether payment of Rs 425 crores facilitation fee by MSM Singapore to WSG Mauritius was made illegally. (ANI)

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