Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi, who on Wednesday was expelled by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for financial bungling, has welcomed the Supreme Court decision to bar N. Srinivasan from executing the duties of the Board president till the court gave him permission.
Modi expressed his pleasure by tweeting: "Grateful to Supreme Court for stopping the Mafia War lord Srini in his track. The games have begun..." Interestingly, it was the Supreme Court that let the BCCI go ahead with Wednesday's Special General Meeting in Chennai that banned Modi for life for indiscipline and financial wrongdoings.
Grateful to Supreme Court for stopping the Mafia War lord Srini in his track. The games have begun ????- Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) September 27, 2013
Modi's antipathy towards Srinivasan is well known. Once friends, Modi and Srinivasan parted ways after differing over IPL administrative matters. Finally, Srinivasan engineered Modi's ouster from the IPL in April-May 2010. (Read: Why are you so keep to be elected: Supreme Court judges ask N. Srinivasan)
When Modi announced the IPL in 2007, a BCCI regulation (clause 6.2.4) stated that "no administrator of BCCI could have had, directly or indirectly, any commercial interest in the matches or events conducted by the cricket board". Later, after the start of IPL in 2008, the clause was amended to give unfavorable benefit to BCCI members such that they can own stakes in the IPL franchise. Srinivasan went on to become the owner of Chennai Super Kings and is still facing a case in the Supreme Court for "conflict of interest."
But in a Board that has no permanent friends or enemies, Srinivasan conspired to oust Modi from the IPL and even drive him out of the country. On Wednesday, Srinivasan chaired the BCCI SGM that unanimously expelled Modi from the BCCI forever. A BCCI disciplinary committee found Modi guilty on several charges, including rigging bids and mooting a rebel league.
Modi, who has promised to fight back and clear his name, has constantly hit out at Srinivasan. On Friday, he called the 68-year-old BCCI president a "mafia war lord." Earlier this week, Modi said world cricket will be doomed if Srinivasan got an extension as BCCI president.