Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria issued a statement that said he had been to London to attend a conference, when former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi’s lawyer approached him seeking his time for a brief meeting as Modi and his family were receiving threats.
Photos have also been accessed showing Maria meeting Modi in London.
Modi is in fact facing several cases in India following allegations of money laundering and financial irregularities, cases that are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate.
Maria’s statement went on to say as joint commissioner of police in 2009-10 the crime branch had foiled an attempt on Modi’s life by the Mumbai mafia.
As such Maria met Modi and categorically informed him and his lawyer that Mumbai police have no jurisdiction in London and he should return to Mumbai to file a formal complaint.
On returning to India, Maria informed the home minister and the anti extortion cell of the crime branch was also given written details of what transpired during the meeting.
Another controversy concerns the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who allegedly helped Lalit Modi get travel documents to travel outside the UK. Despite calls for PM Modi to sack Ms Swaraj she continues in her post as Minister. Sources said the PM had no intention of letting what many say is his best minister leave just yet.