|Lalit Modi becomes Indian cricket outcast
Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi was given life ban today 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 that 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 panel 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.—AP