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Lalit Modi loses BCCI roles after major shakeup

Suspended Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has been removed from his post by the BCCI after the board completed their major shake up of the tarnished Twenty20 tournament.

Modi, who was suspended by the Board in April because of financial irregularities, was formally removed from his role as commissioner during the BCCI’s AGM in Mubai.

The 46 year old was also stripped of his position as vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and his role as commissioner of the Twenty20 Champions League.

Chirayu Amin, chairman of Indian pharmaceutical group Alembic Ltd was installed as the new IPL commissioner and he will be joined by Ravi Shastri, MAK Pataudi, Arun Jaitley, Rajiv Shukla, Ranjib Biswal and Anurag Thakur in the IPL governing council.

"The present IPL governing council has been dissolved. All decisions were taken unanimously by the members," said BCCI President Shashank Manohar at a press conference in Mumbai.

The decision to kick Modi out of the BCCI follows a 5 month investigation by the board after financial irregularities first came to light involving the former commissioner during the IPL tournament in April.

These irregularities included the payment of facilitation fee’s, tax evasion and money-laundering, allegations which Modi categorically denies.

The BCCI have also issued show-cause notices to the Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and the new franchise in Kochi over allegations of irregularities in the ownership of the teams.

If the allegations are proved to be true the franchises could face the prospect of being banned from taking part in next years IPL tournament which starts in April 2011.

"The Board also issued show-cause notices to Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab for various irregularities and for breach of the terms and conditions of the Franchise agreement," said Manohar.

"The House also decided to issue a notice to Kochi franchisee to incorporate their Joint Venture within 10 days or face action from the BCCI," he added.

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