Lalit Modi has been typically recalcitrant to the various charges that the BCCI has slapped him with. The former IPL commissioner has been deemed guilty on eight separate counts by the Board’s disciplinary committee. The charges pertain to various financial and administrative irregularities, including the sale of franchises and media rights, and form a major chunk of the elaborate report filed by the triumvirate of Arun Jaitley, Chirayu Amin and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Modi has pointed out several flaws in the procedure followed and the findings. He has also alleged that Jaitley has an inherent bias against him and that he (Jaitley) is the ‘strongest supporter’ of N Srinivasan. Modi claims he is being targeted because opposed Srinivasan's conflict of interest in owning an IPL franchise while remaining BCCI president.
The London-based former cricket administrator has been implicated in rigging bids for franchises, arm-twisting the Kochi franchise and threatening termination, irregularities in the sale of selling media and internet rights, and planning a rebel Twenty20 league in England withoutthe sanction of BCCI and ECB.
Rigging of bids
Modi is said to have added, without the knowledge of BCCI, two extra conditions in the invitation to tender for rights to two new franchises in 2010. The conditions he added were that the bidder should have a net worth of $1 billion and also provide a bank guarantee of $100 million. In his defence, Modi claims that he had verbally informed then BCCI president Shashank Manohar about this.
Modi, the report states, in his favourable stane towards a particular bidder, threatened a ‘representative’ of the Kochi franchise to give up their rights. The BCCI considered this to be an ‘act of indiscipline and misconduct’, since Modi also went ‘out of his way in making intrusive questions about the ownership details of the Kochi franchise.’