Chennai, Sep 25: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday expelled former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi for life at its Special General Meeting here. Modi was "guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline", according to BCCI.
Modi, the man behind the cash-rich IPL, was expelled for life by the Indian cricket board for financial irregularities. The ban means Modi cannot hold any position in Indian cricket. Modi, who claimed that there is threat to his life in India, has been living in London for few years now.
Today, the decision to expel Modi was taken within minutes of the SGM. Two-thirds majority (21 out of 31 members) was needed to ban Modi and it was achieved.
"Mr. Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline, and therefore, in exercise of powers as per Regulation 32 of the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the Board, Mr. Lalit Modi be and is hereby expelled from the BCCI. 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," said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in a media statement.
Modi approached the Supreme Court today challenging the order of the Delhi High Court which had yesterday allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hold the meeting. The high court had vacated the stay granted by the trial court on the meeting.
But Supreme Court dismissed Modi's plea and said it is an internal matter of BCCI and will not interfere in it. The apex court also asked Modi to appear and give explanation before the SGM on charges levelled against him.
Modi was the IPL Chairman-cum-Commissioner during the first three editions of the tournament but was suspended immediately after the closing ceremony in 2010 on charges of financial irregularities in running the league as well as improper practices during the auction of two new teams before the third edition.
During the suspension, a three-member disciplinary committee, comprising Scindia and Jaitley along with president Srinivasan, was formed.
But Srinivasan recused himself and the erstwhile IPL chairman Chirayu Amin was made a member. Subsequently, Amin also recused himself and it became a two-member committee.
However by the time, Jaitley, who looked after the legal part, and Scindia, who looked into the charges of impropriety, submitted an exhaustive 400-page report, Srinivasan had stepped aside from discharging his functions as BCCI chief.