Lele breathed his last on Thursday night (September 19). He was 75 and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
"He suffered a massive heart attack when he went to the bathroom before going to sleep. He was escorted to the bed but he passed away," said family sources.
A qualified umpire and a club-level cricketer, Lele later graduated to BCCI ranks and then rose to become its secretary during one of the most turbulent period in Indian cricket.
It was during his tenure as the BCCI secretary that the Board first set up the Justice Chandrachud commission to enquire into match-fixing charges and then asked the CBI to probe the charges after former South African captain Hansie Cronje admitted to fixing matches, got banned for life.
Lele often got into trouble for airing his views fearlessly. He had once also spoken out against Kapil Dev, when he was the India team coach, for including Ajit Agarkar as an additional camp member in Ahmedabad without the Board's permission.
Lele started his career as an administrator of the Baroda Cricket Association, learnt his ropes under the guidance of former India skipper Vijay Hazare and then former BCCI president Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad before becoming its joint secretary.