Maria likely to transfered for meeting Modi

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Mumbai: Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, who admitted that he had met former IPL chief Lalit Modi is likely to be transferred by the Maharashtra government. Maria reportedly met the Maharashtra Chief Minister on Monday night to explain his meeting with Modi.

Lalit Modi had earlier confirmed that he had met Modi in London in July last year. Maria said that he had sought security for himself and his family in London but was asked to come back to Mumbai.

In a statement Maria said, “It may be recollected that as joint commissioner of police (crime) in the year 2009-10, the Crime Branch under me foiled an attempt on his life by the Mumbai underworld. As per the lawyer’s insistence, we met, albeit briefly, wherein Modi sought the Mumbai police’s help as he and his family was being threatened by the underworld.”

Maria also said that he had informed the then state Home Minister RR Patil about the meeting and hasd also kept a confidential record. Apart from that the anti Extortion Cell of Mumbai police was also given in writing about the details of the outcome of the meeting for discreet inquiry at their end.

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