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Rashtrapati Bhawan files complaint against Lalit Modi

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, July 5 � The Rashtrapati Bhawan has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi for posting �defamatory� tweets against President Pranab Mukherjee and his Secretary Omita Paul.

The complaint sent to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi from the President�s Secretariat has screen shots of June 23 and June 25 tweets annexed to it, besides an 80-page file that the former IPL chief, being probed by the Enforcement Directorate for alleged money laundering, had attached to his twitter posts.

The document shows a picture of the President, his Secretary, and businessman Vivek Nagpal, who Modi alleged, had taken favours from Mukherjee during his days in the Finance Ministry.

Modi had alleged that Mukherjee, in his stint as the Finance Minister, pushed the Enforcement Directorate to act against him after he raised questions about the shareholding pattern in Kochi franchise of IPL cricket tournament, leading to the resignation of Shashi Tharoor from the Union government.

Bassi has forwarded the complaint to the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police for necessary action, official sources said, adding no case has been registered so far.

Legal opinion is being sought whether the case could be registered under Sec 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code for criminal defamation, as the tweets intended to bring disrepute to the President and his office. The other option available with the police could be to approach a local court seeking a restraint order for social networking site Twitter to block the page. � PTI

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Rashtrapati Bhawan files complaint against Lalit Modi

NEW DELHI, July 5 � The Rashtrapati Bhawan has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi for posting �defamatory� tweets against President Pranab Mukherjee and his Secretary Omita Paul.

The complaint sent to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi from the President�s Secretariat has screen shots of June 23 and June 25 tweets annexed to it, besides an 80-page file that the former IPL chief, being probed by the Enforcement Directorate for alleged money laundering, had attached to his twitter posts.

The document shows a picture of the President, his Secretary, and businessman Vivek Nagpal, who Modi alleged, had taken favours from Mukherjee during his days in the Finance Ministry.

Modi had alleged that Mukherjee, in his stint as the Finance Minister, pushed the Enforcement Directorate to act against him after he raised questions about the shareholding pattern in Kochi franchise of IPL cricket tournament, leading to the resignation of Shashi Tharoor from the Union government.

Bassi has forwarded the complaint to the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police for necessary action, official sources said, adding no case has been registered so far.

Legal opinion is being sought whether the case could be registered under Sec 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code for criminal defamation, as the tweets intended to bring disrepute to the President and his office. The other option available with the police could be to approach a local court seeking a restraint order for social networking site Twitter to block the page. � PTI