New Delhi: Lalit Modi, former chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Thursday alleged that N. Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is trying to "gift" the Hyderabad franchise to his "friends".
"So finally Sun TV has got an IPL franchise. I had predicted 3 months ago it will be SUN as BCCI president wanted it that way. Can`t be a bigger scam than this. Someone should see N. Srinivasan`s relationship and India Cements relationship with Sun TV. Don`t forget Kalaignar TV and India TV scam," tweeted Modi from his account @LalitKModi.
"BCCI is trying to gift team to Srini`s pals. Whilst Sahara pays 370 million dollars for its team. This one goes for pennies. How and why?" questioned Lalit Modi.
Chennai-based SUN TV Network, owned by media baron Kalanidhi Maran, Thursday acquired the now defunct Hyderabad franchise, Deccan Chargers, for Rs.85.05 crore a year.
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The contract of the former owners, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. (DCHL), was terminated earlier this month by the board.
"Someone should examine common share holding between SUN TV Network and India Cement. I am sure there will be common share holders and would not be surprised if Sahara now wants to renegotiate their franchise contract based upon new tender offer by BCCI," added Modi.