BCCI plans to debar Modi for life

A special meeting has been called to assess Modi's "individual transgressions".

Lalit ModiOn September 25, Lalit Modi could be history vis-à-vis BCCI.

A special general body meeting (SGM) has been called that day to take up a special disciplinary committee’s report on his IPL “individual transgressions", and sources say the former IPL chairman and commissioner is likely to be barred for life.

The three-member disciplinary committee, comprising Arun Jaitley, Chirayu Amin and Jyotiraditya Scindia, submitted a 500-odd page report in July, after a long-drawn inquiry.

BCCI sources said drastic punishment would be handed out to Modi.

“At the SGM, a life ban for him from the BCCI would be an option. The Board could also move a court on the basis of the committee report," a source told MAIL TODAY.

The source admitted that punishment for Modi would save the skin of some key BCCI officials who held top posts during the time the alleged financial irregularities in IPL took place.

“A decision will be taken at the SGM on Sept 25.

But it’s certain that Modi would be de-linked from the BCCI just to save ourselves because the pressure from Enforcement Directorate (ED) and other tax agencies on the Board is immense," the source admitted.

“With Modi living abroad, the pressure is on us, and we have to show and prove to the agencies that all the misdeeds were done entirely by him only. Some of the BCCI officials have already said this before the ED and other tax agencies, and before the Yashwant Sinha Standing Committee of Lok Sabha in 2011," he pointed out.

Interestingly, Modi is currently fighting several court cases related to the IPL. The disciplinary committee, which initially had the then Board president Shashank Manohar before he recused himself following an objection by Modi, started the probe in July 2010 and held around 80 sittings in all. Scindia replaced Manohar.

On April 25, 2010, Manohar, as BCCI president, had suspended Modi for alleged “individual misdemeanours" under Rule 32(iv) of the Board’s constitution, seconds after the IPL final in Mumbai, and slapped him with three show cause notices. Modi has replied to all the notices.

Modi, who is facing the heat from the ED besides other tax agencies on a variety of charges, has been living in England since 2010, but is very active on Twitter.

Amongst the questions that ED has asked of him is about the $50 million that were transferred by the BCCI/IPL to a bank account in South Africa, opened by BCCI and the IPL governing council, before the 2009 IPL was played there.

Modi’s constituted attorney Mehmood M. Abdi, who has been handling his IPL-related cases, has termed “bizarre" the BCCI decision of not allowing the defence to complete its submissions.

Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

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