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IPL crisis deepens as scandal gathers pace

The crisis the Indian Premier League is facing is set to gather pace after Lalit Modi said he wonít attend any unauthorized meetings to discuss his future as commissioner.

The BCCI have arranged a meeting for Monday where the future of Modi will be discussed after claims were made that the IPL was a front for money laundering and illegal betting.

Facing the axe Modi has said he needs extra time to reply to the chargers made against the League and wonít attend the meeting on Monday.

"If the meeting does go ahead on 26th April instead of 1st of May as I have asked, it will deem to be unofficial," said Modi. "I do not propose to attend any unauthorised meeting."

Meanwhile BCCI president Shashank Manohar said the meeting would go ahead even if Modi didnít attend claiming he was supported by the majority of the BCCIís 14 member council.

"The meeting will be held," Manohar said. "If some member does not wish to attend, there is nothing we can do. But we need to take action as quickly as possible."

With the Indian Government now looking into the tax affairs of the League, Modiís support within the BCCI as rapidly disappeared over the last few days.

Modi has been at the centre of the scandal with more and more details emerging about the commissionerís control over the league and his links to three of the franchises.

His wifeís brother-in-law is co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals. Modiís step-daughter is married to the Burman family which co-owns the Kings XI Punjab while his close friends, the Moranis, bought into the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The final straw as far as the BCCI are concerned is the raids by the Governments Income tax investigators on their offices at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumba.

"Modi's exit is a foregone conclusion. The BCCI members are extremely unhappy in the manner in which he brought about this controversy," a top BCCI source said.

"Never in the history of BCCI has the Income Tax sleuths raided the offices. It has not only tarnished the image of the Board but has also sullied the IPL brand," the source said.

The support Modi enjoyed at the start of this scandal as started to dwindle and the BCCI will meet on Monday, April 26th to formerly discuss Modiís future.

"All the allegations (against Modi) and other issues would be discussed in the Governing Council meeting," said BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla.

"BCCI Working Committee meeting has been postponed to May 2 because all things have to be discussed in the Governing Council meeting first. There is no point in having a Working Committee meeting before that," he added.

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