Jaipur, July 21: A Jaipur court today issued summons on Lalit Modi and wife Minal in a case related to the purchase of two heritage havelis, allegedly at throwaway prices, in 2006 when Vasundhara Raje was chief minister.
The court ordered that the notices be published in newspapers before September 3, the next date of hearing, as the former IPL boss has been living in the UK evading probes for forex violations.
The havelis were bought from a state-run agency headed by Vasundhara for Rs 9 lakh and Rs 21 lakh respectively - their real worth was believed to be several crores.
The ED had unearthed the deal while probing suspected forex violations by Ananda Heritage Hotels Pvt Ltd, Lalit's firm that was known as Amber Heritage City Construction Pvt Ltd when the deals for the havelis were signed.
The Congress government had cancelled the deals in 2010 following an inquiry. The case has been filed by an activist, Sandeep Bhatra.
Vasundhara's son and BJP MP Dushyant Singh today filed criminal defamation cases against Congress leader Jairam Ramesh and Times Now. Dushyant has accused them of making "baseless allegations" over an investment of Rs 11 crore by Lalit in the MP's firm in 2008 and claims the company grabbed a heritage palace in Dholpur, his constituency.
"The complaint also names Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami," Dushyant's counsel Vivek Bajwa said. The maximum punishment is jail up to two years and fine, or both.