Rashtrapati Bhavan files complaint against former IPL chief Lalit Modi

New Delhi: Rashtrapati Bhawan has filed a complaint with Delhi Police in connection with alleged derogatory tweets by former IPL boss Lalit Modi, being probed by the Enforcement Directorate for alleged money laundering, against President Pranab Mukherjee's Secretary Omita Paul.

 Rashtrapati Bhavan files complaint against former IPL chief Lalit Modi

Lalit Modi. Getty Images.

The complaint was handed over to the Delhi Police, which is yet to take a call on whether to register a case or seek necessary instructions from a court for blocking the Twitter page, official sources said.

The formal complaint was sent by Rashtrapati Bhavan along with tweets posted by Lalit Modi last month.

A final call on the complaint will be taken by DelhiPolice Commissioner B S Bassi, who may seek legal opinion on whether the tweets amounted to criminal defamation.

Since the Supreme Court had recently scrapped section 66A of the Information Technology Act relating to criminal defamation, the police would have to look at provisions that could be applied against Modi in this case.

On 23 June, Modi tweeted the following-

At the time, the President's office had issued a statement labelling Lalit Modi's 23 June tweets as “baseless, tendentious and malicious”.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 05, 2015 13:37:07 IST