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The Lalit Modi saga has thrown more names into the mix. The former IPL commissioner had claimed that President Pranab Mukherjee, formerly the Finance Minister in the UPA government, had ordered an ED probe into his IPL deals in the aftermath of Shashi Tharoor’s ouster from the Union Cabinet in 2010.  According to a report in The Times of India, Modi had claimed that the probe into his business dealings began in retaliation to his role in Tharoor’s sacking. The newspaper has reported that the allegations against Mukherjee form part of a 46-page document submitted by Modi to UK authorities earlier, to allow him to stay on in the country "as a representative of an overseas business".  Modi has claimed that after he had made public Tharoor’s late wife Sunanda Pushkar’s sweat equity of 25% in the IPL Kochi franchise, the bid for which was made by Tharoor, that the daggers were out for him.  The disclosure left "Congress furious with me", Modi reportedly says in the document.  Also Read: Here is what happened at Lalit Modi's 'bombshell' press meet Modi also told the UK authorities that following his disclosure on Twitter, the IT department raided the BCCI offices and questioned him. "By April 21, the ED and agencies responsible for foreign exchange and money laundering compliance had initiated probes against me relating to potential forex violations in IPL 2 held in South Africa," he reportedly said.  Modi adds that he learnt about Mukherjee’s involvement through his lawyer, Mehmood Abdi. In the document, Modi says that his "revelation caused a political earthquake in India".  He added that the BJP called for Tharoor’s resignation and that the "Congress initially stood by him, but as the days passed pressure mounted on Tharoor. On April 18, 2010 he stood down," Modi adds.  Modi says that the decision was made by the Congress rather than Tharoor himself. "I am sure the political downfall of Tharoor generated much enmity towards me in Mrs (Sonia) Gandhi as it did in Tharoor himself," he says.  Here are some of Modi's tweets from that period:   25% of kochi team is given free to Rendezvous sports for life.The same equity is non dilutable in prepetuity.What does that mean? Why ? Wait — Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) April 11, 2010 Kochi shareholders are: Rendezvous 25% free, Rendezvous 1%,Anchor 27%, Parinee 26%, Film waves combine 12%,Anand Shyam 8%,Vivek venugopal 1% — Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) April 11, 2010 Rendezvous free equity - held by kisan,shailender & pushpa gaikwad,Sunanda pushkar,Puja gulathi,jayant kotalwar,vishnu prasad,sundip agarwal — Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) April 11, 2010 @xxxDEVxxx a big?I was told by him not to get into who owns rendezvous.Specially Sunanda Pushkar.Why?The same has been minuted in my records — Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) April 11, 2010   Modi’s removal as IPL chief came within two weeks of his tweets and a week after Tharoor’s resignation.  His reply to the tribunal was made public at a media briefing earlier this week. It also contained a three-page witness statement by Rajasthan CM Vashundhara Raje of the BJP. Raje’s "confidential" endorsement to Modi’s immigration application had created a furore earlier after it was revealed that she had said that "my assistance will not become known to the Indian authorities".  The former IPL chief has also claimed that the reason for his ouster from the BCCI was ICC chief N Srinivasan, who Modi says is a "close personal friend of P Chidambaram", the then Union Home Minister. Modi says that when his name was in the dock, Srinivasan saw it as an opportunity to "discredit me once and for all".  Modi has pointed fingers at the NCP’s Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel and also billionaire Mukesh Ambani, who he claims told him that he would be arrested the moment he made his way back to India. Also Read: The seven top politicians Lalit Modi named in an interview and why