Mumbai, March 4: It's a double blow for suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalid Modi. While the Regional Passport Office (RPO) has revoked his passport, the Bombay High Court has give the green signal to the BCCI disciplinary committee to finish its enquiry against him. The HC tuned down Modi's application for a stay on proceedings.
The Enforcement Directorate had asked the RPO to revoke Modi's passport last year after the IPL scandal erupted and BCCI had removed him from the coveted post. Modi is expected to challenge the revocation order which his lawyers say is illegal and in violation of his constitutional freedom. He's been given 30 days time to appeal.
After the decision to revoke his passport came, Modi reacted angrily on Twitter, calling the present government most corrupt and subtley alleging at bribery .
"Most corrupt government in the history of India. If you can't get someone on your side, cancel their passport, threaten them, intimidate them. Mere allegations, investigation agencies have come up with zilch but all asking for bribes to hush up case," he wrote.
Modi is facing an enquiry for alleged financial irregularities and bid-rigging while heading IPL. BCCI had slapped him with three show cause notices since last April. BCCI had set up a committee last July and later in the year another committee. Modi said the enquiry was vitiated as BCCI had no power to set up more than one committee in a year.