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BCCI bans former IPL commissioner Modi for life

September 25, 2013

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi was given a life ban on Wednesday for “misconduct and indiscipline” in running the cash-rich tournament.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India made the decision at a special meeting in Chennai after a disciplinary committee report concluded he was responsible for irregularities in various financial and administrative matters of the IPL, which is run by the BCCI.

“Resolved that Mr. Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline ... Mr. Lalit Modi is hereby expelled from the BCCI,” the cricket board said in a statement. “He shall forfeit all his rights and privileges as administrator. He shall not in future be entitled to hold any position or office, or be admitted in any committee or any member or associate member of the board.”

The announcement came less than an hour after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition from Modi seeking a stay on the meeting.

Modi, who is based in London, has denied all allegations.

Modi was instrumental in putting together the cash-rich IPL in 2008 but was removed from the posts of BCCI vice president and IPL commissioner three years ago.

The disciplinary committee forwarded its report to the BCCI after investigating allegations that Modi had rigged bids during the franchise auction in 2010, bullied franchises and sold media and internet rights without proper authorization.

Modi said he was expecting the ban.

“It was all pre-ordained,” he told the CNN-IBN news channel. “The BCCI is a cozy club that is always ready to give (BCCI president) Narainswamy Srinivasan a lifeline. But I’d much rather be banned than share a table with him. ”

Though the rejection of Modi’s petition in the country’s top court and the subsequent ban is seen as a victory for Srinivasan, a separate case will be heard in the Supreme Court on Friday seeking to restrain Srinivasan from seeking a one-year extension during a meeting on Sunday.

Srinivasan is reported to be garnering support despite his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan being under investigation following a spot-fixing scandal in this year’s IPL.

Meiyappan was the team principal of Chennai Super Kings franchise, which is owned by the Indian Cements company of which Srinivasan is the managing director.

The spot-fixing scandal erupted after Rajasthan Royals players Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by police on May 16 for allegedly under-performing in exchange for money from bookmakers.

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