Former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi has reportedly said that he is being vicitimised because of his comments on the reinstatement of Congress Minister Shashi Tharoor, and said that the main reason that he could not return to India was because he faced a serious security threat.
On 30 October, Modi had made a series of tweets on the reinstatement of Tharoor, saying that the 'smooth talking minister' had got a second lease on life, and accusing him of engineering the downfall of the fateful Kerala IPL team, the Kochi tuskers.
Shortly afterwards, Modi felt compelled to issue a statement that he was fully cooperating with the Enforcement Directorate, because of a 'renewed level of activity' surrounding the organisations ongoing investigations into the IPL.
The statement added, "I have constantly re-iterated my willingness to co-operate with any further questioning by the Indian authorities, either by video conferencing or by receiving officials in London at my own expense. But on every occasion this offer has been made, it has been either ignored or refused with little or no sign of activity beyond Show Cause innuendo and the arbitrary revocation of my passport."
Earlier, the Finance Ministry had written to the External Affairs Ministry pointing out that Modi continues to stay in the UK for a long time even though his passport has been revoked.
The matter is, however, sub-judice. It had asked the Foreign Ministry to take the help of British authorities to get Modi back to India.
Modi said however that he was legally resident in India. "I remain legally resident in England and the general nature of the current investigation which has revealed no individual allegations against me, do not affect my current status."