Bindra claims Srini caused 10k-crore loss to BCCI

Says Lalit Modi being made a scapegoat for others' wrongdoings.


NEW DELHI:
After the expected dismembering of Lalit Modi, the BCCI next has in its sights IS Bindra, the former administrator and ICC principal advisor, who has alleged that current president N Srinivasan has cost the Board the loss of a whopping Rs.10,000 crore.

The former IAS officer on Thursday night used the social networking platform Twitter to allege that the BCCI was trying to cover up for the losses by putting the blame on former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

@inderjitbindra: "BCCI is as usual in fixing game...trying to fix Lalit Modi to cover up the exposure of 10,000 crores."

Some documents that accompanied Bindra’s tweets indicate that Srinivasan, who was responsible for getting the RBI's approval for opening an account in South Africa during IPL 2009, instead delegated that task to Cricket South Africa (CSA) to open and operate the account for all expenses during the tournament.

"The present violation of FEMA, as alleged by the Enforcement Directorate, is due to the 'deliberate act' of the BCCI avoiding the RBI framework," Bindra claimed.

Bindra also said that Srinivasan was wrongly implicating Lalit Modi as a beneficiary in the facilitation fee paid by Multi Screen Media (MSM), which telecasts the IPL, to the World Sports Group (WSG) during the initial years of the tournament.

Bindra’s close relationship with CSA chief Haroon Lorgat is another eyesore for the Indian camp.

According to CNN-IBN, Bindra wrote to the CSA to reassure them that they should have no fear regarding the BCCI’s objection to Lorgat’s appointment as CEO.

This was at loggerheads with Srinivasan’s line of action, who had even urged the ICC Ethics Commission to investigate certain matters related to Lorgat's tenure as head of ICC.

Lorgat and BCCI are headed for a showdown during the ICC’s Chief Executives’ meeting in Dubai on September 16-17, as both parties strive to resolve the current turmoil that has threatened bilateral cricket relations between India and South Africa.

Bindra, meanwhile, is likely to face the BCCI’s wrath and a possible ouster from the Board at its Annual General Body Meeting, to be held in Chennai at end of the month.

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