ED slaps Rs 121-cr FEMA penalty on BCCI, Srinivasan and others
Mumbai: The ED slapped a penalty of over Rs 121 crore on the BCCI, its former boss N Srinivasan, former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and others for alleged violation of the FEMA law during the T-20 cricket IPL edition in 2009, officials said.
A special director of the central probe agency here levied a penalty of Rs 82.66 crore on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rs 11.53 crore on its former chairman Srinivasan, Rs 10.65 crore on ex-IPL commissioner Modi, Rs 9.72 crore on former BCCI treasurer M P Pandove and Rs 7 crore on the State Bank of Travancore (now merged with the SBI).
The total penalty amount was Rs 121.56 crore, they said.
The ED was investigating the case for the alleged contravention of the Foreign Exchange Act (FEMA) in transferring over Rs 243 crore out of the country to host the 2009 Indian Premier League edition in South Africa.
The FEMA order stated that this transfer of funds was in alleged violation of the RBI guidelines meant for transferring funds abroad.
The order asked the accused to deposit the fine amount in the government exchequer within 45 days time.
The T-20 IPL cricket tournament, that began in 2008, saw its 11th edition wrapping up recently.