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Lalit Modi raising cries while he can?

Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 14:21 [IST]
 
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Lalit Modi raising cries while he can?

New Delhi, Apr 22: After ending the war with Shashi Tharoor over the IPL Kochi controvery, IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is now being cornered over allegations of financial irregularities and impropriety in the cricket series, is embroiled in a bitter battle against Indian cricket board as its chief Shashank Manohar over the date of the Governing Council meeting.

While Modi has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he can not make it to the meeting on Monday, Apr 26 as he is busy with the IPL finals which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, Apr 25, the cricket governing body has stressed that the meeting will be held whether he is present or not.

The meeting has been reportedly called to decide the fate of Lalit Modi in the wake of the slew of allegations slapped against him.

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It has been reported that the IPL chief is also set to quit as chairman and commissioner of the IPL. However, he will not do it until he has his say.

Even though he claims that he doesn't have time to argue his defence as he is busy with IPL semi-final and final matches, Modi has already began making statements that seems to serve the purpose of defense.

He has publicly blamed the Governing Council members of preventing him from disclosing the stake holdings of all the eight franchisees even though seven franchise owners had no qualms in making their holdings public.

He added that the franchise owners are upset with the way things are being handled.

Speaking to a leading TV news channel on Thursday, Apr 22, Shashank Manohar, intensified the battle, by reitariating the body's concern over the 'legal implications' of revealing documents and stressed that Modi had done wrong by leaking the data through emails.

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