Lalit Modi suspended by the BCCI
IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has been suspended by the BCCI as the financial scandal that has overshadow the IPL final took another dramatic twist as the Chennai Super Kings claimed victory out on the field.
The suspension notice was served by BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla via email informing Modi of the boards decision to relieve him off his duties before tomorrows meeting of the IPLís governing council in Mumbai.
With the suspension hanging over him Modi appeared at the presentation ceremony and delivered what seemed like a farewell speech thanking his family for supporting him before claiming all the charges he is facing are based on innuendos and all decisions that were taken by the governing council were made together.
"We have had some off field unpleasant dramas only based on innuendo, half truths and motivated leaks from all kinds of sources," said Modi.
"I assure you all decisions have been taken jointly by the governing council. Still, as the leader of the team, if there is any flouting of rules or any other financial irregularity, I will take full responsibility," he added.
The battle lines for tonightís dramatic suspension were drawn up earlier in the day when Modi announced via Twitter that he would be attending the Governing Council meeting as the chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League.
The suspension now means Modi will not be able to attend the meeting where Governing Council will now have to pick an interim IPL commissioner who will have to manage the fall out of the ongoing scandal and suspension of Modi.
The former commissioner now has 48 hours to respond to the allegations of financial misconduct. The BCCI then have the power to terminate his contract at working committee meeting on Sunday, May 2nd.
The decision to suspend Modi was announced by BCCI president Shashank Manohar after the Indian Premier League Final at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.
"While we rejoice and celebrate the great success of IPL season three, the alleged acts of individual misdemeanours of Mr Lalit K Modi, chairman IPL and vice-president, BCCI have brought a bad name to the administration of cricket and the game itself," said Manohar.
"I have waited for the IPL3 (2010) to conclude in order to respond to the situation as I did not want the event to be disrupted in any manner," he added.
"Immediately after the conclusion of the IPL final, the secretary, BCCI Mr N Srinivasan has in consultation with me issued a show cause notice to Mr Lalit K Modi under Rule 32 (iv) calling upon him to show cause within 15 days why disciplinary action should not be taken against him."
"Simultaneously in exercise of the powers vested in me under Rule 32 (vii), I have suspended Mr Lalit K Modi from participating in the affairs of the Board, the IPL, the working committee and any other committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India."