BCCI report says Lalit Modi rigged IPL bids, wanted rebel league
Enquiry report says Lalit Modi flouted bidding rules, misappropriated funds and even wanted to form a rebel league. The London-based Modi likely to face life ban after BCCI's special general meeting on September 25
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's disciplinary committee has found former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi guilty of misusing his power when he ran the world's richest T20 championship. According to sources, a 133-page report submitted by the committee was circulated among BCCI members on Tuesday. The report will come up for discussion in the BCCI's special general meeting in Chennai on September 25. Modi may be banned for life. (Watch: Did Modi rig IPL bids?)
The disciplinary committee, comprising political heavyweights Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia and former IPL chairman Chirayu Amin, has leveled serious charges against Modi, who almost single-handedly ran the IPL's affairs from 2008 to 2010. The BCCI report says Modi even tried to form a rebel league and drove a wedge between the English and Indian cricket authorities. (Read: Modi says BCCI committee did not give him enough time)
The 49-year-old Modi, who is also a BCCI vice-president from Punjab, was suspended as IPL chairman in April 2010 on charges of misusing his powers, including financial irregularities. Soon after his suspension, Modi left Indian shores saying he faced threat to his life. Modi now lives his London.
Modi has been found guilty of alleged bid rigging by adding unreasonable clauses in the tender draft to buy two new teams to favour two companies. Modi apparently hid the clauses from the IPL Governing Council.
Modi, who controversially became the president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association in 2004 with the help of then chief minister Vasundhara Raje, has also been charged of rigging IPL's internet and broadcast rights.
Under the circumstances, Modi's life ban looks very much on the cards. A special general meeting usually discusses a pre-determined agenda and require a two-third mandate for a decision to be ratified.
For Modi to be banished, 21 votes will be enough in a house of 31 votes. The BCCI has 27 full members, National Cricket Club in Kolkata, Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, All-India Universities and the president's vote.