Lalit Modi's lawyer and the president of Sri Ganganagar District Cricket Association, Mehmood Abdi, has given a written police complaint here seeking criminal case be registered against BCCI chief N Srinivasan and some office bearers of TV broadcasters MSM/Sony.
"We have received a written complaint on September 23 from lawyer Abdi who sought a criminal complaint be registered against Mr Srinivasan and others. We have recorded the statement of Mr Abdi. We are yet to record the statement of people against whom the complaint has been received," Marine Drive police station's senior PI, Rameshwar Suple, told PTI on Thursday.
"We have begun preliminary investigation, but no FIR has been registered so far. The preliminary probe report would be submitted to the higher police officials who would later take a call whether it's a cognisable offence or not," he said.
"The criminal complaint alleges that Mr N Srinivasan and others in the BCCI, together with Andrew Kaplan, Manjit Singh, N P Singh and Ashok Nambissan of MSM/Sony have manipulated agreements to deprive the BCCI of crores of rupees while adding to the coffers of Sony," said a media release issued on behalf of Abdi.
"The criminal charges levelled are for conspiring to defraud the BCCI to the tune of over Rs 2,882 crores," said Abdi who is heading a district cricket association affiliated to the Rajasthan Cricket Association which, in turn, is affiliated with the BCCI.
"The complaint states that the IPL Media Right Contracts dated 25th March 2009 provided that on increase of two new teams the number of matches would increase per season to 94. Two new teams were to be added to the original eight-team contest from the year 2011, which corresponds to season 4 of the IPL," said the release.